Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship
Surf Snowdonia to host Help For Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 September, 2017 - Surf Snowdonia will host another world-first event later this month which will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive military surf athletes.
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship, which is sponsored by Stance, will see adaptive surf athletes from the UK’s Army, Royal Navy and Air Force compete for top spot in a friendly one-day tournament. The emphasis of the day will be on inclusion and breaking down barriers, and it will be free for spectators to attend.
The day’s event will be supported off the water by the Royal Welsh Regiment who will be attending with displays of military equipment, coordination and stamina challenges as well advice and information about careers with the armed forces.
Surf Snowdonia’s Crash & Splash obstacle course and Catapult Blob, and surf will be open as usual, though pre-booking is strongly advised.
Andy Ainscough, managing director of Surf Snowdonia said: “This is set to be another great family day out here in Snowdonia and a powerful testament to the transformative potential of surfing. We’ve worked closely with Help for Heroes for more than a year now and regularly sponsor visits from former servicemen and women who use surf therapy to recover from mental and physical injuries.
“This event is a celebration of their courage and resilience, and we’re expecting a great crowd – and atmosphere – to support them on the day.”
Marty Aldrich, physical development manager for Help for Heroes said: “Help For Heroes has partnered with Surf Snowdonia on this event to encourage wounded, injured and sick servicemen and veterans to come together and enjoy the uplifting surroundings of North Wales and Surf Snowdonia’s world-class facilities.
“Our competitors will enjoy a low-level competitive surf tournament where the emphasis is on inclusion and making new friends and surf buddies.There is a road to elite adaptive international surf competition for those who are classifiable under the ISA rules. Some of the GB coaches and team managers will be there on the day and will be happy to discuss potential routes for those who are interested.”
In August 2016, the International Olympic Committee voted to recognise surfing as an Olympic sport for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Games. The International Surfing Association is hopeful that Adaptive Surfing will now be included in the Paralympic Games.
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Tournament comes just a month ahead of the UK Pro Tour competition which will take place on Sunday 22 October at Surf Snowdonia.
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship is happening on Saturday 23rd September. Admission and parking is free of charge. The competition and military displays and activities all day from 10am.