Return of Seeking Saltwater

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.

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Donations!

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.

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Happy Birthday Surfability!

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
  • Unltd
  • The Prince’s Trust
  • Children In Need
  • Discovery
  • 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
  • JP
  • 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
  • Strongbones
  • The Team at NPT Children’s Centre
  • Rehab Engineering Morristown Hospital
  • Special kids
  • The Swans Community Trust
  • Warburtons
  • Seren and Kasey
  • Simon and Gower Surf
  • SCVS
  • 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!”

How Do We Do It?

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.

Saturday Squad

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)!

Saturday Squad

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!

Secrets of the Sand

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.

Sandy beach image

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.

Happy crab on the beach

Who knew sand had so many secrets? Join us again next week for more insights into the salt world beneath your surf boards.