PRESS RELEASE: SURFING ENGLAND
2017 English Adaptive Surfing Open
September 16th 2017 – Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Surfing England, its partners and sponsors are proud to bring you the first ever English Adaptive Surfing Open, an event for surfers with a variety of disabilities to be held at Watergate Bay in Cornwall on Saturday 16th September 2017.
This inaugural event signifies the development of England’s adaptive surfing programme in line with the global momentum push for Adaptive Surfing and in preparation for the World Adaptive Surfing Games this autumn.
The event will see adaptive surfers united in a common love for surfing, and with the goal of taking the titles, whilst having fun and competing against their peers, in divisions identified by their surfing functional ability; Assisted; Prone; Sitting/Kneeling; Standing & Open.
Surfing England aim to raise the profile and opportunity for adaptive surfing and build off the important work already in place from event partners in Help for Heroes, The Endeavour Fund, Operation Surf, The Waveproject, Surfability UK and The Wave. Surfing England see Adaptive Surfing as an integral part of the English Surfing community and area that they want to celebrate and grow – as their first Adaptive event they hope to learn and provide a day of inclusivity, rivalry and enjoyment.
The criteria for surfers to participate can be seen here: CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA
If a surfer has any query over eligibility to participate please contact: Nick Rees, event manager – please detail your case for entry and this will be reviewed by the entry committee: Nick@surfingengland.org
To enter please click the event link and purchase ‘tickets’ to your chosen division. All spectators’ welcomed, free entry and no tickets required.
Entry costs £5 per surfer and closes on Thursday September 14th at 9am. The event call (condition dependent) will be made by 12pm that day via Surfing England. Entry is based on first come first served and is limited in each division. Surfers must be a member of Surfing England or another surfing federation. Not a member? Join from £15 a year here: JOIN Surfing England
Surfers are expected to use the correct equipment (including surfboard and wetsuit), these are to be in line with ISA rules and ISA Adaptive Rules. Wave Skis are permitted in the sitting and assisted divisions only – please notify event organisers if you intend to use a Wave ski. If a surfer is unsure on the eligibility of their equipment please contact the event organisers.
The event judging criteria information is taken from the ISA Adaptive Rulebook which can be seen below.
Surfers wishing to be considered for selection into Team England Adaptive Team for the World Adaptive Surfing Games, California in November should register this register their interest with event organisers. Eligibility policy for England can be view online and please note the detailed participation criteria:
Thank you to sponsors Caravan & Motorhome Club, Korev Lager, Surfdome, Jeep, GoPro, Pacsafe, Dryrobe and Stance.