Dis­abled surfers to show­case prow­ess

Cape Times - - METRO - Raphael.wolf@inl.co.za

DIS­ABLED surfers will dis­play their surf­ing skills at Muizen­berg Surf Cor­ner beach dur­ing the Surf Em­po­rium, Surf Lessons and Adap­tive Surf Morn­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence.

The event, hosted by the Surf­ing Em­po­rium Surf School in Muizen­berg, will also see former Proteas crick­eter Morne Morkel and co­me­dian Nik Rabi­nowitz sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

Em­po­rium owner Roxy Davis said the dis­abled mem­bers of the South African na­tional surf team and dis­abled Hout Bay surfer An­thony Smyth, who re­cently won his di­vi­sion at a world surf­ing con­test, would also at­tend.

“The aim of the event is to show that South Africans with dis­abil­i­ties can take up sports such as surf­ing and to cre­ate aware­ness of our South African Na­tional Adap­tive Surf­ing Team, who will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the World Adap­tive Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships in De­cem­ber,” said Davis.

She said Smyth heads the Adap­tive Surf­ing Western Cape and won the Open di­vi­sion in the Up­per Limb Stand cat­e­gory at the US Open Adap­tive Surf Cham­pi­onships held in Cal­i­for­nia, US from Oc­to­ber 5-7.

Adap­tive surf­ing teaches skills to chil­dren and adults with phys­i­cal and men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, as well as ter­mi­nal ill­nesses.

SURF Em­po­rium will host dis­abled surfers at Muizen­berg Surf Cor­ner. RAPHAEL WOLF

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