Dozens of San Diegans with physical disabilities were able to get their toes wet on the shores of La Jolla, learning how to surf and setting the stage for the first-ever World Adaptive Surfing Championship.
As the opening event to a four day competition, the learn-to-surf clinic provided 40 participants from San Diego County with basic training to test their abilities in the water.
“Through our partnerships, we’ve been able to make the beach very accessible and give them an opportunity to get in the water and participate in a sport they may have not been able to do in the past,” said Jon Richards of the City’s Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS).
The City, as a partner, was not only was able to secure facilities, but to provide beach access for all to enjoy.
“You’re always going to fall more that you probably prefer but all that matters is that one wave that you do catch. It makes it all worth it,” said Carlos Figueroa, a clinic attendee. “The fact that there’s more and more events growing for us with disabilities shows that there really is no limit.”
With a great start to the September 24th event, each country participating in the competition joined together at Balboa Park’s Spreckles Organ Pavilion to take part in the “Sands of the World” event — a peaceful gathering of the nations. Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, Council President Sherri Lightner and Park & Recreation Director Herman Parker were in attendance.
To read more about the International Surfing Association (ISA) championship, click here.