Antony Smyth of Hout Bay in Cape Town has been named as the captain of the South African team that will participate in the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships presented which gets under way in La Jolla California next Wednesday.
Smyth, who has competed in the South African Masters Championships on a number of occasions, was given the news as he was boarding his flight to the USA. His team mates are Dries Millard (Langebaan), Jean Paul Veaudry (East London), Bruce Campbell (Durban) and Bongani Xulu (Ballito) and they will be part of an international field featuring 65 athletes and officials from 17 countries across the world.
The South African Team members have raised their own funds to make the dream of representing their country come true. All of them are travelling independently to the USA over the next few days.
The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships gets under way from 8am with an Adaptive Surfing Clinic at La Jolla Shores on Thursday September 24th.
This will be followed by the Opening Ceremony at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park at 5pm.
The Championship heats begin at 8am on Friday September 25th and end on Sunday September 27th. The whole event can be watched via live webcast by going to www.isasurf.org.
An Adaptive Surfing Symposium featuring keynote speakers about the future development of Adaptive Surfing will take place at the Challenged Athletes Foundation headquarters on Saturday September 25th and on Sunday the competition Finals will be completed at La Jolla Shores to culminate with the event’s Medal and Closing Ceremony.
About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is the official governing body for surfriding in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). SSA is a member of the International surfing Association (ISA). To learn more about Surfing South Africa go to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Surfing and Racing and all other wave riding activities. The ISA has been crowning World Champions in surfing since 1964, with the ultimate mission to develop surfing globally. To learn more, visit www.isasurf.org.
About the Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $64 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.