Adaptive Surfers of Australia (ASA)
For many years in Australia there has been surfers that have had to overcome some sort of disability to be able to get back into the ocean and surf. These surfers have proven themselves to be resilient and creative by adapting their own techniques and equipment to achieve this with help from their friends in the surfing community.
Adaptive Surfing in Australia is starting to gain momentum, these incredible athletes are developing their own exciting brand of surfing and people are taking notice! Since establishing ASA in 2015, athletes associated with the organisation has more than doubled. New faces are getting involved in the adaptive movement, and the athletes are building a strong comradery and a competitive edge within the group. This growth has attracted the attention of the wider surfing community, with an opportunity to showcase their brand of surfing to big crowds at major events, including the recent nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series IV Final in the form of an expression session. Check out a clip from the event here:
2018 nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles
The 2018 nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles wrapped up today at Cabarita on the New South Wales North Coast after a day of outstanding action featuring the country’s best adaptive surfers.
Clean 1-2ft conditions greeted competitors for the start of competition this morning at the Cabarita Surf Club, allowing the field of more than twenty adaptive surfers to showcase their skills across a multitude of divisions.
Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart - 2018 AS 2 Division nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Champion said: “This is the third nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles on the Tweed Coast and it’s great to see company’s like nudie staying on board and supporting the adaptive surfing community. We have grown massively as a sport and in the end, it’s all about the ocean and its ability to heal and equalise. It makes you feel at home and I just love it.”
2018 nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles Division Winners:
· Men’s AS 1 (Stand/Kneel – AS-1UL – Upper Limb, AS-1LL – Lower Limb) – Dale Taylor
· Women’s AS 1 (Stand/Kneel – AS-1UL – Upper Limb, AS-1LL – Lower Limb) – Kate Sawford
· AS 2 (Stand/Kneel) - Mark Stewart
· AS 3 (Seated) – David Munk
· AS 4 (Prone) – Gavin Bellis
· Men’s AS 5 (Non-Standing / Assist) – Barney Miller
· Women’s AS 5 (Non-Standing / Assist) – Sam Bloom
· SUP – Dean McSporran
· AS VI (AS-VIB1, AS-VIB2, AS-VIB3 – Visual Impairment) - Matt Formston
2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships
The Australian Adaptive Surf Team Is:
AS -1 Division Kate Crosbie
AS -1 Division Jake Matthews
AS -1 Division Steve Pullen
AS -2 Division Mark Stewart
AS -3 Division David Munk
AS -4 Division Gavin Bellis
AS -5 Division Barney Miller
AS -5 Division Samantha Bloom
AS -VI Division Matt Formston
The Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship was created to give surfers with physical challenges an opportunity to compete and display their talents in a Paralympic-style, world-class competition. The event has experienced unprecedented growth since the inaugural edition in 2015 and has spurred the growth of the sport around the world, with nations such as France, Australia, Chile, Brazil, USA, Hawaii and South Africa holding National Championships of their own to select their National Teams to compete.