This is what we’re here for. The wonderful folks at iXperience and Surf Emporium have teamed up to give disabled surfers a chance to tear up the waves in Muizenberg.
The Cape Town-based project sees volunteers assist physically-impaired South Africans on their boards, taking them out into the notoriously choppy tides of False Bay. In fact, “adaptive surfing” has won plaudits and fans all across the country, and this ambitious collective will soon be going global…
Those involved are responsible for the safety and the enjoyment of those with disabilities, as they work together to tear down the walls of what is humanly possible. Not many people would see surfing as a credible pursuit for this group, but that’s what makes this organisation so unique.
Their commitment to enriching the lives of those they work with is second-to-none. Brett Gouveia is part of the efforts, and he shared his passion for the cause on social media:
“For me, it’s about sharing the stoke of surfing and making people with disabilities realize that anything is possible.”
The adaptive surfing team are looking to get to the World Games in La Jolla, California later this year. The event is backed by the International Surfing Association and pits the best disabled surfers in the world against each other.
Gouveia and the iXperience team will be holding a fundraiser at the V&A Waterfront next week to help these modern-day miracle men and women realise their wildest dreams. As Brett puts it, this is an event well worth anybody’s time.
“There are some really cool prizes going on auction like a specially-shaped York fish and a few beer hampers, plus so much more. One of South Africa’s top big wave surfers Matt Bromley will be giving us a talk on his career surfing. All in all, this is going to be an incredible event not to be missed and it’s for a great cause.”
If you’re interested in helping to raise funds for Team SA, or you’re curious to learn more about adaptive surfing, visit this link to book your tickets for Tuesday 7 August.