Adaptive Surfing

Our athletes love to surf!

The healing power of the sea and swell is undeniable. And whether it's the first time or a return to surfing after a life-altering injury, riding waves can be a powerful way to gain independence, self-confidence, and generally improve quality of life.

Our athletes love riding waves even though it might be a little different. Adaptive surfing can be done while sitting on the board with the athlete using a paddle to get in front of the wave. Alternatively, riders stay laying on their stomachs kind of like boogie boarding. Some surfers can even get themselves into a standing position with the help of adaptive equipment.

With the rise of adaptive advancements including prosthetics, wetsuit and surfboard modifications, anybody with any impairment or physical disability can experience surfing.

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There's nothing like being out in the ocean waiting for the perfect wave with the sun on your face and salt on your lips.

Brief History and
Future Progress

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has been promoting adaptive surfing since 2015. The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship happens every year in La Jolla, San Diego, California, and is only growing in popularity. Not only are there more participants every year at the para surfing competition, but spectators are also coming out to support and watch amazing feats of athleticism.

The ISA continues to bid for adaptive surfing to be included in the Paralympics. The hope is for adaptive surfers to compete in the 2028 Tokyo summer games.

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As a nonprofit,
we pride ourselves on inclusion.

Our athletes have used grant money and donations for adaptive equipment, awesome trips to surf locations like Hawaii with their families, and surfing lessons.

Everyone can surf, no matter the mental and physical challenges.