Scotts Head surfer Mark Brazel awaits his timein the water
Scotts Head surfer Mark Brazel awaits his timein the water

Brazel puts his skills to the fore

By TONY WHITE

EVEN with a prosthesis, Scotts Heads disabled surfer Mark Brazel showed he could more than mix it with able-bodied surfers at Minnie Water over the weekend. Brazel was among a group of 25 surfers on Saturday who took part in Dunga Day, an old surfboard rally contest aimed at raising funds for the Disabled Surfers' Association. Competitors came from the Gold Coast in the north to Eungai Rail and Scotts Head in the south. "After overheads we raised in excess of $1000," organiser Daffy Chisholm said. "The money will go to- wards the purchase of beach wheelchair equipment and rubber surfboards and helping ensure we can make this an annual event." Surfers were required to

use pre-1970s surfboards. Brazel starred in the com- petition, finishing sixth in the final behind Rob West (Saw- tell). "He paddled onto the waves using an old surf ski and used his paddle to direct him," Chisholm said. "It was great to watch but in the final he used an old mal." Yesterday at Minnie Water featured Hands on Day, where volunteers helped five disabled people enjoy and experience the ocean.

"They (the disabled) had an absolute ball," Chisholm said. "We couldn't get them out of the water". "There was one young kid ? and he kept us laughing all day." Another similar event is being planned for October or November at Yamba.



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