Disabled surfers take on the waves
By Rachel Pupazzoni

For many people living with a disability, freedom of movement can be out of reach but thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, surfing is something they are able to do.

The Disabled Surfers Association, which began in 1987 in New South Wales, is bridging the gap between disabled and able body surfers.

Disabled surfer Bruce Peel on his wheelchair about to head out for a surf (DSAWA), photo abc.net.au

It provides people with a disability the chance to go to the beach, feel the sand and surf the waves. For some, it’s the only time they get to experience what so many of us take for granted.

The West Australian branch president Bruce Peel, who is an amputee himself, says he first got involved with the organisation as a participant five years ago.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve been involved with,” he said.

He says it gives people with a disability a sense of freedom.

“Actually getting out onto the sand, which, speaking from experience being in a wheelchair myself, it’s a hell of a kick being able to get across the sand in your chair and not having to be pushed along by someone else or carried.

“It just gives you back independence and freedom as well.”

DSAWA puts beach matting across the sand which enables participants in wheelchairs to take their own chairs onto the beach.

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