A few weeks ago, whilst working in the Canthed Centre at Caswell, Ben found a seal pup on the beach. It was amazingly well camouflaged in the stones, with most people walking on the beach completely unaware it was even there.
Thanks to Betsan from Celf Calon photography, we are spoilt for choice when choosing gorgeous photos to use on our website and social media channels. You’ll also find Betsan’s beautiful photos all over the walls of our new centre at Caswell.Continue reading
The 2020 English Adaptive Surfing Open took place on October 3rd at The Wave, Bristol. We were stoked to have four athletes representing Wales: Ethan Jolosa, Katie Richards, Llywelyn Sponge Williams, and Isaac Heaher. We headed up to support them, as well as run the water safety for the event.Continue reading
The team here at Surfability UK CIC are delighted to announce the return of the annual Penguin Recruitment Charity Quiz. After the huge success of last years quiz which raised funds for rehabilitation and surf therapy for people with acquired brain injuries, this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better! Set to be hosted in a tent in the Mumbles very own Castle Fields, the evening assures an animated atmosphere with a quiz lively enough to test even your biggest trivia buff.
With beautiful spring blooms, tree boughs bursting with blossom and baby lambs bouncing all around us, the joys of spring have well and truly arrived on land.
Meanwhile though, let’s not forget that a spring time flurry is also unfolding under the sea.
Caswell Bay is not only the proud home of Surfability UK CIC, the UK’s first fully inclusive and adaptive surf school, it is soon to be the first Gower beach to have a disability changing place. And the team here at Surfability UK CIC HQ could not be more delighted about this news.
The team here at Surfability UK CIC have no doubt in our minds about what an epic year 2018 was for Surfability, our coaches and our participants. From personal victories in the water to growth in confidence and fitness, the successes of 2018 have been numerous.
Following the stateside adventures of the Surfability UK CIC coaches and elite surfers to La Jolla, California for the 2018 STANCE ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in December, the team here at HQ have become quite fascinated with the California Brown Pelican.
December is always an exciting month for the team at Surfability UK CIC and not just because of the count down to Christmas. As the frosty mornings draw in, so does the anticipation of the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.
Check out this epic and beautiful documentary from UNILAD.
Featuring Surfability U.K. CIC and some of our inspirational participants, this instalment of UNILAD Goodness (here) is unadulterated, feel-good gold.
The Surfability Surfer’s have been enjoying the calm before the arrival of Storm Callum at Caswell Bay this week.
With the winter nights closing in, it’s time for our surfers to start thinking about moving indoors for their sessions.
As the lively summer season for Surfability UK CIC is drawing to a close, activities for the team here at HQ are starting to return to business as usual. Happily for our little Surfability Blog, the turning of the season brings with it the return of Seeking Saltwater. In this week’s blog, we’ll be learning about whelks.
After many, many requests for the Surfability UK CIC website to start accepting donations; we are pleased to finally announce the introduction of our donation button. Our web development team are working towards the opening of Surfability UK website shop where you can purchase our merchandise and make larger donations. Our donation button is open for anyone wishing to make their contribution in the interim.
As Surfability U.K. CIC celebrates its 5th birthday today, the team here at the Surfability Headquarters are reflecting on the incredible journey Ben and all of his participants, volunteers and supporters have shared.
We would not be where we are today without the help of:
- Steve and the Wales Co-op Centre
- The Prince’s Trust
- Children In Need
- Disability Sport Wales
- Jamie Rewbridge
- Cerebra and UWTSD
- Mark and Swansea University School of Management
- Welsh Surf Federation
- Anna and Rob Parton
- Karenza Cassidy
- Bronwen Warner and The Gumby Legacy
- All our coaches and volunteers
- All our amazing surfers and their families
- Everyone who has fundraised and donated to us
- The LC
- Parmi and IncludeMeToo
- The Team at NPT Children’s Centre
- Rehab Engineering Morristown Hospital
- Special kids
- The Swans Community Trust
- Seren and Kasey
- Simon and Gower Surf
- My family
And a special thanks of course to:
- Elmo for keeping us all fed
- Kai and Leanne for being fearless test pilots
- Toby for all his time and effort volunteering and then coaching
- Ben and Nate for being co-directors and all their advice
- Stu and Steve for being willing to put up with a surf school’s worth of surfboards in your flat when we first started!
- And anyone else who we missed out: We love you all!
And of course, to Benjamin Clifford! Without his incredible and unwavering commitment to his dream of making surfing a reality for everyone in the UK, none of us would be here today!
“Thank you, Ben! There isn’t a day that goes by where you aren’t making the world a better place, adapted wave by adapted wave!”
There may have been clouds in the sky but spirits were still high for this week’s Saturday Squad.Continue reading
Another Saturday session with beautiful rolling waves and sunshine. Life is good at Caswell Bay.Continue reading
Ensuring that safe, adapted and inclusive surf is available to as many people as possible is an important part of the Surfability mission. In this week’s How Do We Do It? We’d like to share an insight into the additional work undertaken by Benjamin Clifford, the Surfability U.K. CIC founder and director, to achieve exactly this.
We’d like to introduce the team at Healing Waves Surf Therapy, Jersey, who worked with Ben last week to complete their Adaptive and Inclusive Surf Coach Training Course.
With the support of the Welsh Surf Federation (here), Ben is now able to offer training to any surf school who want to offer adapted and inclusive surfing.
And we’re delighted to confirm that the team at Healing Waves Surf Therapy (here) are offering inclusive surf experiences on the idyllic island of Jersey.
Levels of stoke soared at today’s Saturday Squad as Andrew Price and the ITV Coast and Country Team joined our surfers at Caswell Bay.
Don’t forget to keep tuning in to ITV’s Coast and Country (here) to be sure not to miss the action!
Interested to learn a little more about Andrew? Why not visit him on instagram (here)!
With a dose of dazzling sunshine and salty shoes, the Littlest Wave Warriors and I waited for the Saturday Squad to arrive.
And once the squad arrived, it wasn’t just Quazi enjoying a seaside splash!
There’s never a bad time to decide you’re ready for a surf! So, if you’re feeling unsure, get in touch and we can help you find your stoke and make a splash!
Seeking Saltwater Sand Week
Composed mainly of quartz, feldspar and mica, sand is the product of many finely ground rocks. The colour of sand is determined by its component rocks and can vary from near black to pink and yellow.
Sand is constantly being moved by the water of rivers and seas. Constructive swells bring sand to the shore and destructive swells take it away.
Acting as a veritable microclimate, sand is also home to a wide range of living organisms. Crabs, clams and beach hoppers are but a few of the more popular residents. Not every sand dweller is as popular though. Inhabitants such as the weever fish are cursed by surfers up and down the British shores for their stings.
Who knew sand had so many secrets? Join us again next week for more insights into the salt world beneath your surf boards.
The sun has got his hat on and so have our Saturday surfers! Continue reading
In this week’s edition of How Do We Do It, we’re sharing a little insight into how we do our training. After all, ensuring that our skills are top notch is an important part of making adaptive surfing enjoyable and safe for all our participants.
Controlling the tandem board with another person in the seat requires a lot of skill and practice. The team at Surfability UK take every opportunity to get out the back and practice. And as you can see, even our volunteers get stoked!
Spring is in the air this morning and our Saturday Squad are taking full advantage of the sunshine.
If you’re feeling tempted to try surfing for the first time or your surfboard is gathering dust, there’s no better time to get in the water. Summer’s on its way and Surfability can adapt a wave for everyone!
As part of our How Do We Do It weekly segment, we’ve decided to share something a little different and very special with you today.
Michael surfed with us last year and to call him inspirational… well, that would simply be an understatement!
It’s a sad fact that there can’t be swell every single day. Which is why the team at Surfability UK have decided to turn our attention (well at least some of it) to learning about the beautiful birds that inhabit our coastline. Understanding and caring for our avian allies, is an important part of enjoying, protecting and respecting our seas.
Part 1 Spring
The March Equinox has passed. We’ve gleefully waved goodbye to winter (so vigorously in some cases that our gloves may have flown off and hit it on it’s way out!) and now we’re ready to welcome Spring!
So, the first bird that we’ve decided to spot this Easter weekend, is the Black-headed Gull. (Or the Curiously-named Gull as we’ve been referring to it since we discovered that it’s head is only dark in summer! But I digress…)
With over 2.2 million of them squawking around the UK, not least in our coastal towns, we felt confident we couldn’t fail to spot one of these birds!
Famous for their screeching quarrels and scandalous chip stealing swoops, we’ve decided that everyone should be able to take a snap of a sea gull this week!
So break out your phones, your cameras or even your easel and oils if you feel inclined, and join us in celebrating these great British birds.
For further identification information, including a full profile on the Black-headed Gull, click on the image below.
And once you’ve spotted and snapped a few gulls, visit us on the Surfability Facebook and Instagram pages where we’ll be posting this weeks gull pictures!
The tension is mounting! Excited surf contest fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the start of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2018 surf contest. And the team at Surfability UK are no exception!
Hosted at the beautiful Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia, this next stop of the surfing World Tour isn’t likely to disappoint.
With Filipe Toledo, Griffin Colapinto and Michael February kicking off the first round of the competition, viewers should be tuned in for the next call at 8:30pm GMT.
Not sure where on the web to watch the comp? No worries! Click on the link below and join us on the edge of our seats for tonight’s event!
Seeking Saltwater- Seaweed Week
Now, I can’t speak for anyone else but one of my surfing pet peeves is getting tangled in seaweed. Especially when I wipe out. The sensation of its slippery stipe and the weight of it wrapped around my ankles…well it just irks me!
Fortunately, seaweed contributes so much more to the world than a selection of sour-faced surfers.
Love it or loathe it, the scent of seaweed is intimately intertwined with our associations of the sea. Whether you approach from the gravel of a car park, the sways of grassland or the dust of sandy dunes, the smell of seaweed will always be waiting you.
Acting as a source of food, shelter and protection for an abundance of marine life, the virtues of seaweed can seem limitless. Not only is it an integral part of the ocean’s ecosystem, seaweed also has a lot to offer humans.
Rich in iron, calcium, vitamin D and iodine, seaweed is a nutritious and readily available human food. In fact, the name for seaweed actually translates as sea vegetable in other cultures. With a huge range of pleasantly sweet and edible varieties, consumption of seaweed is particularly popular in Japan and other parts of Asia. And acting as the source of a fantastic gut healing prebiotic to boot, it’s not surprising that seaweed is increasingly being referred to as a superfood!
So, the next time you find yourself in a fight with a frond, try to take a deep breath and remember how amazing our favourite sea vegetable really is! Without it, the ocean wouldn’t be the place we know and love.
Getting the surfboard to the waters’ edge is not always easy for our participants. So how do you manage it, you might ask?
Well, the answer is surprisingly simple. With the use of our surfboard transport trolley! A truly ingenious piece of kit, the transport trolley puts our surfboards on wheels. This enables us to move multiple boards down the beach at once.
Of course, some of our superhero surfers prefer to carry their own boards and this ok by us too!
As the spring season starts at Caswell Bay, the team at Surfability UK have been enjoying some surfs in the sunshine! Here are some of the highlights of the week.