Kieran Grant: critical turn in Huntington Beach

Kieran Grant has taken out the 2014 US Deaf Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, California.

The event held by the International Deaf Surfriders Association attracted competitors from all over the world, including Brazil, Israel, England, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Basque Country, Uruguay and the USA.

The US Deaf Open of Surfing was formed in 2001 to promote unity and interaction between deaf surf clubs. Kieran Grant won the Open Shortboard and the Open Longboard titles.

"So stoked! So many great people at this event and I'm so glad I was able to be a part of this. Looking forward to surfing with these folks again, real soon," says Grant.

Rhys Johnson, from Western Australia, also impressed at the 2014 US Deaf Open of Surfing. The Scarborough athlete took home gold in the Under 35 Longboard and Under 35 Shortboard divisions, and made it to the semifinals of the Open Shortboard division.

"It was great to finally meet a group of deaf people who share my passion for surfing. It has opened up a whole new world to me, and I'm looking forward to the World Championships next year," tells Johnson.

"I hope this adventure will inspire kids to get out there and have a go, whether in surfing or just life in general and most importantly to chase their dreams and never give up."