Sarah Hure of Grafton having a great time at the Hands on Surfing Day.
Sarah Hure of Grafton having a great time at the Hands on Surfing Day.

Surf's up for disabled boarders

THE Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) on Sunday gave 13 youngsters the chance to pick up a board and hit the water.

The Hand on Surfing Day was held at Minnie Water Main Beach, with volunteers gifting those with cerebral palsy and visual impairments the chance to learn a skill that may have not been accessible previously.

And based on the reaction of those on the day, it was a massive success.

“It’s about putting smiles on the dials and giving them access to water and surf,” DSA spokesperson Diana Willis said.

“We had people that wouldn’t go near the water.

“Each year they just get better and their confidence grows.”

Youngsters from the Sunshine Coast to Sawtell attended the DSA’s southern-most event of its 14 branches.

Funds raised for the day came from Saturday’s Dunga Day surfing competition. And what keeps the kids coming back?

“It’s the trust factor,” Willis said.

“The kids are so well behaved at our events because they love it.”



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