England’s first Adaptive Surfing Open

England’s first Adaptive Surfing Open took place at Newquay’s Watergate Bay where 18 adaptive surfers from the UK, USA, Italy and France competed across five divisions.

Conditions were less than ideal with autumnal low pressures kicking the sea into motion and heavy rain, but nothing would dampen the spirits of the surfers as they enjoyed a day of rivalry and socialising.

“Today was a momentous day that’s been a long time coming,” said event manager Nick Rees. “Surfing as a sport holds many possibilities but seeing the impact of today’s event is reminder that it’s more than just a sport. We hope that people across England take inspiration from what’s been achieved here today, we certainly have and are committed to ensuring this event is a firm fixture on our annual national events schedule.”

Surfing England worked in collaboration with partners Surfability UK, The Wave Project, Help-for-Heroes, Operation Surf, The Endeavour Fund and The Wave to stage the event with backing from sponsors Caravan and Motorhome Club, Korev Lager, Dryrobe, GoPro, Pacsafe, Stance, Jeep & Surfdome.

Standing: 1, Benoit Moreau; 2, Pegleg Bennet; 3, Michael Taylor. Assisted: 1, Martin Pollock; 2, Ethan Jolosa. Prone: 1, Bruno Hanson; 2, Spike Kane. Sitting and Kneeling: 1, Sponge Williams; 2, Jake Green; 3, Martin Pollock. Open: 1, Benoit Moreau; 2, Yannis Karakousis; 3, Jeremy Waite.

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