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Surfing and a Positive Perspective on Disability

photo credit: Steve Corey via photopin cc
photo credit: Steve Corey via photopin cc

With the Winter Olympics in full swing in Sochi I’ve had weather and sports on my mind quite a bit.  The weather in Winnipeg is keeping us on our frostbitten toes.  It’s been colder than the surface of Mars and the second coldest winter in 120 years.  #onegreatcity #WinnipegisHardcore

The bone chilling cold has me longing for a warm weather getaway.  The Olympics are exciting but I could do with a little fun in the sun.  Then I saw the 3rd Adapted Surfing Event video for Extreme Abilities South Africa.  Tremendous stuff my friends!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9D_PU0ovmw

Extreme Abilities South Africa is an adventure tourism company run by Dries Millard, a disability advocate.  Millard is a T8 complete paraplegic.  His company owner’s note says, “the more [he] succeeded in breaking my boundaries, the more boundaries [he] wanted to break.”  He’s been very successful at doing just that.

“It’s about changing people’s perspective on their own disability.” says Millard.  He, in participation with his sponsors, has been leading the South African charge in adapted surfing events.  The last one, this past December, had 80 participants catching a wave.  Some hadn’t been in the water in over 20 years!

My favorite comment from an event participant?  “It’s not about surfing because you’re disabled, it’s about surfing because you’re abled.”

What’s the latest empowerment project you’re a fan of?  Share it with us!

photo credit: Steve Corey via photopin cc


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    • Sylvia, I was referring to the company owner’s note on his website. I agree that no human being has an owner. Thanks for helping me clarify.