Action was off the charts in Bristol on Thursday 7th July at the 2022 English Adaptive Surfing Open. A record day for Surfing England and the Adaptive surf community as 2022 marked the first year we ran the contest with the 9 ISA Para Surfing Classes. We are firmly supporting the global drive to see surfing included in the Paralympics as this inclusive sport goes from strength to strength. The ripple effect from this event will carry on for many weeks and years as we inspire a whole new crew of adaptive surfers to join the sport. How did it unfold?
With every division, competition was fierce in the water and the focus was on. The Visually Impaired 2 division saw Melissa Reid showing her style, taking the top spot, adding to her run of wins! In the Visually Impaired 1 division, two surfers went head-to-head, with Thomas Da Silva from France taking Champion.
In the Stand one division, 3 surfers charged hard, two entering the contest after surfing in the Waikiki Participation session that took place last year, a sign of the growing appetite for adaptive surfing in England. With the Adaptive Surf Club running at The Wave, we expect to see more surfers coming through year on year. Back in the event after a couple covid years break, Benoit Moreau from France came back with his firm attention on the Champion title, his surfing was mesmerising to watch, and the judges rewarded the waves and he took the top spot.
A standout mention and additional award went to Jade Edward, 10 years old surfer from Scotland, who got the hearts of the crowd all week at The Wave nipping around on her skateboard, and more importantly shredding on the advanced waves.
Surfers – check out the photos, all free to download here.
Thanks to the event staff for delivering another sterling contest, Pauly Jeffrey Contest Director on the day, Hannah Brand and Zoe Gowers heading up the Surfing England operational planning & delivery, working closely with Nick Rees from The Wave, in what is a fantastic partnership.
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