The Bali Adaptive Pro – adaptive Surfing grows up

Having been involved with Adaptive Surfing for a couple of years now, I won’t bother to talk about the inspiration, bravery or positivity that comes from working with these surfers. By now it should be pretty self evident.

What I will chat about is that this event changed the game for the sport. Red and Milo, the organizers, told me they wanted to do an adaptive event that pushed the surfers and the sport. That is why they chose Bali as a location, they wanted to to show that adaptive surfers could compete in real waves and that they would rise to the challenge.

Heavy Water

Rise to the challenge they had to. Day one was pretty challenging at 3-4ft and heaving over the Echo reef. Day 2 was called off due to it being way to big and the finals day required the use of a jetski for water assist, as the venue at Old Mans in Canggu was well overhead. Never mind the insane shore break the surfers had to get through, just to reach the ski and get out into the lineup.

Challenge Accepted

The guys and girls rose to the occasion. No longer will they be happy to compete in “safe”, small and lets face it, pretty boring beach break conditions like those found at the World Champs in San Diego. These are real surfers, that want to compete in real waves. The Bali Adaptive Pro proved that the sport is ready for it and that these surfers not only can handle themselves, they excel in these conditions.

With a couple of other events being held around the globe and a growing crew of hard charging adaptive surfers, I would not be surprised to see a new world tour arriving on the surfing calendar very shortly.

Check out the Highlights

Massive Thank you to everyone who supported my trip to this event.

A story of bravery and inspiration! Adaptive Surfing SA

SA Team member, Caleb Swanepoel, supporting his team mates.

Adaptive Surfing Champs changed my life

I really did not realise what I was in for when I signed up to go to the Adaptive Surfing World Champs in California last year. I had helped at a couple of Adaptive surfing clinics, I was aware of how inspiring these were, but I was not prepared to witness the level of inspirational bravery and camaraderie that I witnessed at this event.

The Project

After chatting with the team and Surfing South Africa, we all decided that Adaptive Surfing in Sa needed some exposure. They needed their story to be told. I put up my hand to follow the team’s journey and to film it for a documentary. For that purpose I filmed a few clinics, training sessions and went to the ISA Adaptive World Champs in La Jolla, Sand Diego.

The Adaptive Surfers

Watching the process these surfers go through, each time they want to surf, blew my mind. Watching the hardships, the difficulties and even just getting to the water. Never did I see an unhappy face, hear a complaint or even remotely feel any negative emotions. Everyone one there, from the competitors, helpers and even people who just happened along on the beach, had huge smiles on their faces and they left feeling better about themselves and life in general. These peole, these surfers, embodied what surfing is all about.

It Changed my Life

I was severely obese – though most would not have said it – unable to surf a shortboard properly and very unhappy inside. I arrived at this event in turmoil emotionally. I left with a new lease on life, a determination to change my situation and a new feeling of hope. Watching and experiencing the Adaptive World Champs literally inspired me to change my life. No more excuses, no more, I am not surfing as the waves are terrible, no more self pity. These brave and inspiring individuals forced me to look at myself and not only realise how lucky I actually was, but that I had no excuses!

The Movie

I hope you enjoy this film I have made and that it gives you a small taste of what I experienced with these incredible people. Please support them and Adaptive Surfing! You will not regret it for an instant.

Support Adaptive Surfing South Africa – HERE

Watch the 2018 World Champs – HERE

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