Adaptive surfers compete for world titles in La Jolla

December 6, 2016 | Surfing
Adaptive surfing: the ISA wants the sport in the Paralympic Games | Photo: Bastidas/ISA

The world's best adaptive surfers will compete for gold, silver, bronze, and copper medals at La Jolla Shores Beach, in California, from December 8th-11th.

The second edition of the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will crown world champions across six divisions: AS-1 and AS-2 (stand/kneel)), visually impaired, upright, prone, and assist.

The Paralympic-style competition features national surfing teams of up to eight members battling for glory. The event will showcase 77 athletes from 21 countries.

Caleb Swanepoel, who lost his right leg after a shark attack, will represent the South African flag for the first time.

"I'm so stoked to be given the opportunity to surf for my country. I am really excited to be a part of the South African adaptive surfing team competing in California this year," expressed Swanepoel.

The 2016 Stance ISA Adaptive Surfing Championship will also host a surf clinic beginner and intermediate adaptive surfers with instruction from top adaptive riders and qualified instructors.

The organization will also run the Adaptive Surfing Symposium, a conference that hopes to raise awareness, share best practices and initiate a debate about how surfing can improve lives of physically challenged citizens.

"It is amazing to watch the increase in global access and participation of the sport introducing athletes with physical challenges to surfing and its healing powers," notes Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

The ISA is working to get adaptive surfing into the Paralympic Games. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.