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Graduated in journalism and photographer by passion, it was in the surfing photography that Ana Catarina discovered what really gave her shivers. For four years acting in the modality, she likes to combine the stories of her photos with the images that she clicks. Local of Rio de Janeiro, she loves the city but likes to go over more distant seas whenever possible.
She thinks that photography can be a tool to change the world and for some cause.
She believes that it is a weapon to be able to put a subject on the schedule and disseminate the messages you want
to transmit. She likes to photograph the high-performance surf but she understands that "there are already too many people doing." So, she tries to be inspired by other things with less visibility than the tops. But as important as the tops. This is the case of female surfing and adapted surfing. Her latest project revolves around the video "Adapt Your Mind", which brings surfing as an element of equality between humans and also motivation, believing in the development and dissemination of the sport in all levels without exclusion.
Alana Nichols is a world-class athlete with a passion for challenging herself and others. From a young age, her passion for sports and adventure has driven her and no matter what obstacle life throws her way, she takes a challenge head on. After suffering a spinal cord injury at age 17 while attempting a back flip on her snowboard, Alana quickly transitioned to adaptive sports. She is the first American female to win gold medals at both Summer (Wheelchair Basketball) and Winter (Alpine Ski Racing) Olympic/Paralympic Games. After training for and competing in Sprint Kayak in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games, Alana is taking on a new athletic challenge adaptive surfing and will continue to inspire and attract fans around the world! Her ultimate goal is to spear head the sports inclusion into the Paralympic Games in 2024!
Val has been involved with many adaptive sports programs, and enjoys capturing the moment to share.
He has provided photos for surf clinics with Challenged Athletes Foundation, AMP Surf, International Surfing Association, and Wound Warrior Foundation.
Val works as technical director of the annual San Diego Surf Film Festival and is a surf cinema fanatic.
You can find him bodysurfing on the south side of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, CA.
Jon Richards is the Supervising Therapeutic Recreational Therapist for the City of San Diego and he has dedicated his life to creating sporting opportunities for those from all walks of life. Jon started the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation, was the Southern California Regional Program Director for the Special Olympics, and acted as the Adaptive Surfing Adviser for the International Surfing Association's World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Jon sneaks in waves whenever he can and continues to be a driving force in the movement of Adaptive Surfing.
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Charles "Chaka" Webb
Charles ‘Chaka’ Webb was the first paraplegic athlete to compete in an open water paddle board race in the 2013 and 2014 Battle of the Paddle Open Group Race – 4.08 Miles.
Webb is also the founder of the “Stoke for Life Foundation”, a 501-C3 nonprofit for adaptive watersports. In 2015 and 2016, Webb claimed and defended the title of Western Surfing Association Adaptive Surfing Champion.
He also served as an I.S.A. Board member for the 2015 Adaptive Surfing World Championship and is a published writer featured in Urban Surf 4 Kids Magazine feature, Beached Magazine, and SUP the Mag.
Webb’s main objectives for the future are to continue to win and defend the WSA Adaptive Surfing Championship, as well as compete in elite SUP races, always with a goal to bring attention to adaptive watersports through elite competition.
Adaptive water sports like adaptive paddle boarding and adaptive surfing are in the early stages of becoming main stream to the entire disabled community. In completing my objectives listed above I hope to bring awareness to the level of ability that adaptive athletes can bring to these sports. This presents a very unique opportunity for your brand and your company to support an elite adaptive athlete and to give back to the community in a very inspiring way.
He is sponsored by Rainbow Sandals, Spy Optic, Kings Paddle Sports, PURAKAI Clothing, JET PILOT, SUP Gladiator B-Braver Hand rims, Sticky Bumps Surf Wax.