2020 English Adaptive Surfing Open

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.

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UNILAD Goodness

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.

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)!

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.

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!

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!

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!