Thursday, April 21, 2016

Surfboards Designed for Children With Disabilities

If you've ever felt the thrill and exhilaration of catching and riding a perfect wave, you know that it is a feeling that nothing else can match. Some people have no interest in learning to surf. Other people may dream of surfing one day, but never take any pro-active steps to learn to surf.

However, there is a group of people who desperately want to surf but have been limited by their physical or mental disabilities. It is pretty heartbreaking to think of anyone feeling like their access to the ocean is limited by their mental or physical capacity.

A charity based in England is working hard to make sure that anyone who wants to try out surfing gets the chance, by creating innovative, adaptive surfboards.

According to the Surfer Today article, "A Tandem Surfboard for Disabled Children," quoting Ross Head the product design manager for Cerebra Innovation Centre, (CIC)
"Many disabled surf charities are in existence around the world, but they are all trying to use regular surfing and other beach access equipment to enable disabled children and adults to surf."
The CIC approach has been different. They want to make surf equipment that specifically helps people with various disabilities. They have created a surfboard with a bucket-style seat, so that a surfer doesn't have to be able to stand in order to surf. They are also working on a surfboard-style vehicle that will work for people with mental deficiencies.

We're thrilled to see organizations expanding access to surfing. If you are fortunate enough to be able to surf without the need for adaptive equipment, we would be happy to help you purchase anything you need for your next surf trip. Please contact us for an incredible selection at competitive prices.

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