How Do We Do It?

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!

The Saturday Squad

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!

How Do We Do It?

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.

This week’s video is The Story of Michael, brought to you by Tobii Dynavox (a revolutionary company who’s aim is to assist every person, regardless of their disability, with communication).

Michael surfed with us last year and to call him inspirational… well, that would simply be an understatement!

Can You Spot the Sea Bird?

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!

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Are You Ready for the Rip Curl Pros to Blow Up Bells Beach?

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!

Seaweed- Super Stinky or Supercool?

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.

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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!

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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.

How Do We Do It?

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!

Sunny Springtime Surfs

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.

Seeking Saltwater

The significance the ocean holds for each of us is deeply individual. With the intensity of its textures, sights and sounds, standing at the waters’ edge is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

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But here at Surfability UK, we’re interested in so much more than power of the crashing waves. The splendor of the sea extends far beyond and beneath it’s frothy top. In a new weekly segment, we aim to explore and share the wonders of the world of the ocean.

You may be interested to know, that on the earths’ surface there’s approximately 333 million cubic miles of water, of which 97.5% is estimated to be salt water. That’s a lot of salt! There are currently 20,000 known species of fish and up to 1.98 million known species of animals and plants living in those vast expanses of saltwater.

While we don’t expect to be able to discuss them all, we are looking forward to having a good crack at it!

If you have any images of the sea, adventures at the aquarium or snaps from scuba diving, that you’d like to see on the segment we’d love you to spam us with them! The email is info@surfabilityukcic.org As always, don’t forget to include the title of your photo, your name if you’d like it published and permission for your image to appear in the blog!

How Do We Do It?

Ever wondered how we do what we do? In our new Monday series, we’ll be using photos and videos to show you just how.

In this weeks’ segment, we’ll be looking at how the Surfability UK team make the Indoor Wave at the LC Leisure Centre in Swansea, accessible for our wheelchair users.

As you can see in this weeks’ video, our participants are supported at every stage of their surf. This ensures that they can focus on fully enjoying the indoor wave while feeling safe throughout their experience.

Want to ask us a question or know how we do what we do? Drop us an email or send us a Facebook message and we’ll let you know!