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Surf For All event: a success!

Surf For All event: a success!

It ended yesterday, the 2nd edition of SURF FOR ALL - an adapted surfing event which aims to provide the pleasure of sliding into the waves to people with motor, cognitive or sensory disability.

During June 29 and 30,Praia do Castelo was the scenary of this major initiative of adapted surfingin Europe, with more than 70 participants, involving more than one hundred volunteers and hundreds of spectators on the beach.

Attended by people with very different types of disability (cerebral palsy, polio, spinal injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia, down syndrome, asperger syndrome, cerebellar apaxia andtotal or partial blindness), from the Salvador Association, FPDD - Portuguese Federation of Sports for Disabled People, APCCDM -Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of Mentally Challenged Citizensfrom Almada, AFID Foundation - National Association of Families for the Integration of the Disabled and ACAPO –Portuguese Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted.

"The result could not be more positive: the quota of expected attendancy was exceeded. The motivation and participation of monitors and volunteers was incredible and the smile of the "surfers" was contagious for all who were on the beach"concludes Tiago Rodrigues from SURF DUCK DIVE SCHOOL.

"We intend to evolve from an isolated event to a movement, that is, create a dynamic of practice for the disabled, along the Portuguese coast. On the short term we are already working to be part of the events of the MEO PRO SURF League (national championship tour) that passes through the main beaches of the country " reveals Luis Nunes from YA! - Youth Culture Agency.

"Being present at this event is always rewarding. As a volunteer I feel I can contribute to provide an unforgettable day to these people and as a Physiotherapist I see that the barrier that prevents them from surfing can only be psychological, because this event clearly demonstrates that SURF is FOR ALL!”Pedro Seixas–Specialist supervisorfrom SURFISIO.

"We weren’t the only ones that sharedour feelings with you, you also shared your emotions, we noticed it... thank you and the only thing I can say is that you were responsible for the start of my addiction to surfing. "Marisa Lino participant.

"It’s beautiful to be out in the water with people who do not have the same capabilities and to see them happier than I am when I’m surfing the waves" Francisco Alves - Volunteer - professional surfer.

"It was a great initiative and it’s good to see that surfing in Portugal already gets to everyone! I hope they keep on doing this so that more people are able to participate "Tomas Valente - Volunteer - professional freesurfer.

SURF FOR ALL is a joint organization of DUCK DIVE Surfschool, Salvador Association and YA!-Youth Culture Agency that relies on the invaluable sponsorship and support from the Quiksilver / Roxy Initiative and BPI bank.

FUEL TV is the official channel, and we can also count with the following Media partners to promote and cover the event: O Jogo sports newspaper, DN newspaper, JN newspaper, Beachcam website, Surf Portugal magazine, TSF radio and J magazine.

We also have the institutional support of the National Surfing Association, the Portuguese Federation of Sports for Persons with Disabilities and the Parish Council of Costa da Caparica, as well as Praia do Castelo Restaurant Bar, Lindley, Sumol, Icon design, Mobilitec, Farm Fries, Pinkeye and Surfisio.

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