First 'Surf 4 Freedom' Disabled Surf Event
Last weekend saw the launch of an exciting new disabled surf event roll into action on the Loop Flow Rider at the Retallack Resort & Spa.
On Sunday October 3 the Retallack Resort & Spa, at Winnards Perch, played host to the first ever ‘Surf 4 Freedom’ disabled surf event; giving over 30 participants the chance to have a go at surfing on the Loop Flow Rider surf simulator.
Organised by Cornwall Sports Partnership, Freedom Surf, British Surf Association and student Hayley Boulden, the ‘Freedom for Surf’ project has been set up to offer people with disabilities the opportunity to learn to surf.
During the morning of the event participants received some excellent tuition and coaching from Carl, Gethin and Morwenna - instructors at the Loop - and then went on to compete in a fun competition in the afternoon. This gave them the perfect opportunity to impress the crowd with their new moves and signature manoeuvres; which were rewarded by everyone receiving medals and prizes during an awards ceremony at the close of the event.
It wasn’t just the participants who had a great day; parents and carers watched with excitement and full of pride as they witnessed some amazing achievements of those taking part.
Following the great success of the event, the organisers hope it will become an annual occurrence and that a disabled session or club will be established at the Loop to enable participation on a regular basis.
Steve Hillman, from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: “Today has been fantastic, judging by the smiles on the faces of the participants and on the faces of the parents and carers, I can safely say that everyone has had a brilliant time. The set up here at the Loop is incredible and I am already looking forward to next year’s event”
Joanne Hillman, from the BSA, commented: “I think holding the event at Retallack was a big success; the instructors were wonderful and everyone who participated really enjoyed themselves”.
Mark Hill, from Freedom Surf, added: “The ethos behind Freedom Surf is to use surfing and the water to give freedom from disability; today on the Flow Rider we have seen just that and it’s amazing!”
Bad surf and weather conditions meant that the event, which was originally planned to be held on Fistral beach in Newquay, nearly didn’t happen but the Retallack Resort & Spa saved the day with a kind offer to host the event free of charge at their Loop Flow Rider instead.
The organisers, Steve Hillman of Cornwall Sports Partnership, Mark Hill of Freedom Surf, Jo Hillman of British Surf Association and Hayley Boulden of Cornwall College Camborne, would like to thank everyone for attending the day and the Retallack Spa Resort for hosting the event.
(A Big thank you to: all the staff at Retallack Resort & Spa, Matt Way, Martin & Tamsin from Robey Robe, Spencer Hargraves from Quiksilver , Ed at DC shoes, Matt at Extremehorizon , Steve Skinner, Simon at Billabong, Pete & Anne Hughes from Groundswell, Seabase and Bodyglove)