SURFING AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES THE INAUGURAL AUSTRALIAN ADAPTIVE SURFING TITLES

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Surfing Australia is proud to announce the inaugural Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles, to be held by the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) at Casuarina on the far north coast of New South Wales from June 20th – June 22nd.

Jade_Wheatley_AUS_Challenged-Athletes-FoundationJade Wheatley, member of Team Australia at the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. 

The three day event will include an Adaptive Surfers of Australia (ASA) Forum, Adaptive Surfing Coaching Clinic and a full day of competition surfing that will decide the Australian Titles to be contested across six divisions.

Surfing Australia’s CEO Andrew Stark said the titles will bolster adaptive surfing in Australia and strengthen the sport on the world stage.

“Surfing Australia is proud to have facilitated the growth of adaptive surfing at a national level with the implementation of the Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles. Our organisation thrives to promote surfing as an accessible sport for all Australians. We commend the International Surfing Association (ISA) for last year hosting the first ever ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships in California. We look forward to selecting our Australian Adaptive Surfing Team this year at our very first Adaptive Australian Surfing Titles.

A strong field of competitors are expected to turn out and surf for positions on the Australia Adaptive Team who will take on the rest of the world at the 2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.

Australia’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart took home a Gold Medal last year in California and will compete in the Titles to qualify for the chance to again represent his country.

The Australian team’s success, spearheaded by Stewart’s gold medal prompted Surfing Australia to create Adaptive Surfers of Australia (ASA) as a way to unite and strengthen the sport of adaptive surfing in Australia.

Stewart spoke about the importance of both the Australian Titles and the newly formed ASA, saying: “It is awesome we now have a national title that officially recognises the sport and the best athletes in Australian Adaptive Surfing. Getting the sport out there through the newly formed ASA is a big plus as well.”

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Schedule:
The key dates for the 2016 Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles are as follows:

Day 1

ASA Forum- Monday 20th June, 2016
The Adaptive Surfers of Australia (ASA) Forum will be a meeting of key stakeholders from across Australia to discuss the future development of Adaptive Surfing.

Day 2

Adaptive Surfing Coaching Clinic– Tuesday 21st June, 2016
The second day of the Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles will be dedicated to practical coaching and learning both for our athletes and our coaches.

Day 3

Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles- Wednesday 22nd June, 2016

There will be six (6) divisions catered for which are aligned to the divisions offered at the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships. They are as follows:

-AS 1 (Stand/Kneel – Upper Limb Amputees, BK amputees)

-AS 2 (Stand/Kneel – Kneel, AK amputees)

-Visually Impaired

-Upright (Waveski)

-Prone

-Assist