You just can’t keep good peo­ple like Al­lan Mullins down

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telling the small crowd gath­ered around him that this was a “great, great mo­ment”.

Al­lan was then hoisted out of his wheel­chair and placed on the board.

Sur­rounded by about 12 skilled surfers, the board bear­ing Al­lan was walked through the surf, re­sem­bling an Hawai­ian royal pro­ces­sion. There were some in­ter­est­ing mo­ments when the board tipped, and Al­lan dipped, but he was sur­rounded by will­ing hands at all times, with medics on standby, just in case.

They surfed for more than an hour, and an ex­hil­a­rated Al­lan re­turned to shore. The crew moved on to the new Rolling Wood craft surf store in York Street, Muizen­berg, where gifts were handed out.

It was one of those serendip­i­tous days. Store owner Cobus Joubert, a mem­ber of the Joubert-Tradouw wine fam­ily, was about to open the brand-new store to com­plete the adap­tive surf­ing and wine­mak­ing loop.

It also marked the build-up to a wider event, an Adap­tive Surf­ing Day, next Sun­day at Big Bay, Blou­berg. Vet­eran Surf­ing South Africa ad­min­is­tra­tor Robin de Kock, speak­ing be­fore Al­lan’s pad­dle­out in the carpark, urged surfers to par­tic­i­pate. “Reg­is­tra­tions starts at 9am at the life­sav­ing club, so come along,” he said.

The heal­ing power of surf­ing is a pow­er­ful ther­apy. It seems we’re on the cusp of a boom in adap­tive surf­ing, par­tic­u­larly af­ter South Africa’s suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World Adap­tive Surf­ing Games in the US ear­lier this year, when team cap­tain Antony Smyth won a sil­ver medal in the Stand Up di­vi­sion.

More than 70 in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties rang­ing from spinal cord in­juries, to in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties and blind­ness, have al­ready reg­is­tered for next Sun­day.

A joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Ex­treme Abil­i­ties, headed by for­mer rugby player Dries Mil­lard, and Surf­ing South Africa, it also has the sup­port of the Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation.

You can’t keep good peo­ple down.

African Cham­pi­ons

THE African of­fice of the World Surf League ( WSL) an­nounced their re­gional win­ners for 2015. David van Zyl, 22, from Dur­ban, clinched the men’s ti­tle, for­mer WSL CT cam­paigner, Nikita Robb, 26, from Cape Town, won the women’s.

Jef­freys Bay stand­out Dy­lan Light­foot, 20, won in his last year in the Pro Ju­nior age cat­e­gory, while La Lucia’s Ni­cole Pal­let, 20, se­cured the Pro Ju­nior women’s ti­tle. Light­foot and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), Adin Masen­camp (Strand), Jor­dan Ma­ree (Kalk Bay), Matt McGil­livray (Jef­freys Bay) and Be­van Wil­lis (Dur­ban), have re­ceived in­vi­ta­tions to com­pete in the WSL Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Por­tu­gal in Jan­uary 2016.

Fish Braai

RUN­NER-UP in Mas­ter Chef South Africa last year, Siphokazi Md­lan­domo, will braai against other celebrity teams at the Wavescape Fish Fry in Muizen­berg later to­day.

The Fish Fry kicks off at the Blue Bird Garage from 3pm and aims to raise aware­ness for WWF-SASSI around sus­tain­able seafood; raise funds for Waves for Change trauma pro­gramme; show­case surf­board crafts­man; and en­able surfers to sell or trade their old surf­boards. More info www.wavescape­fes­ti­val.com

Weather Tip

THE SE blows this week­end, but backs off for the whole week. To­day, fresh straight SE blows, with a few 2-3’ peaks on the other side, but Muizen­berg looks messy and blown out. Sim­i­lar tomorrow, only smaller on the other side and big­ger in False Bay to 3 or 4’ but on­shore.

WSL

CREST-RISEN: South Africa’s Bianca Bui­tendag won her Round 2 heat and placed third in Round 3 at the Fiji Women’s Pro this week.

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