Steve Pike

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IF surf stoke was a virus, an epi­demic broke out at South Africa’s first adap­tive surfing con­test. The surf in front of the Pavil­ion at Muizen­berg was tiny, lit­er­ally about one-foot high. But the hearts of the com­peti­tors were big, partly puffed up by the thrill of surfing with com­rades from around the coun­try.

Peo­ple were here to have fun, meet new peo­ple or hang out to­gether. No tubes were grind­ing down the sand­bar. But there were bar­rels of laughs, even some tears, a few hugs, but mostly just sheer stoke.

Ap­par­ently your body re­leases en­dor­phins when you laugh. And a lot of peo­ple were laugh­ing. En­dor­phins are re­leased when you surf too. Ev­ery­one was get­ting a dou­ble dose of drug-free med­i­ca­tion.

A few of the many lo­cal surfers who vol­un­teered at the in­au­gu­ral Trig­ger­fish SA Adap­tive Surfing Champs, which sets the coun­try on a path to the 2020 Par­a­lympics in Tokyo, made a few ironic ob­ser­va­tions.

They com­mented how the hu­mil­ity and gen­eros­ity of the hu­man spirit on dis­play on the beach were so dif­fer­ent from the ugly scenes that spoiled as­pects of a re­cent ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion in Jef­freys Bay. There were re­ports of shock­ing be­hav­iour from chil­dren and par­ents alike, with feuds de­vel-

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