Just last weekend me and my kids stood on the beach at Caswell Bay, The Gower watching the surf school go out. It was a beautifully sunny day, the sea was perfect for lessons for little ones, small rolling waves, the tide was reasonably high.
We soon realised this was no ordinary surf school, it was Surfability, ‘the UK’s first fully adaptive and inclusive surf school providing surfing lessons and experiences for people with disabilities and learning difficulties.’
They teach children with many disabilities and have even developed special boards for kids who can’t sit unaided. There is an impressive wheelchair with huge wheels to enable transport right into the sea. We stood and watched how happy, how eager, how enthusiastic, how focussed the pupils were. Both my kids thought it the most amazing thing and watched the comings and goings, ups and downs for a while before pouring themselves into their wetsuits and joining them in the chilly waves. I think they got in the way a bit!
Today, by huge and wonderful coincidence Kate of tootsa.com has published her latest blog: Change Makers Part 2: Q&A With Benjamin Clifford, Director of Surfability.
Go have a read – Benjamin is an inspiration - how lucky are the kids of South Wales to have Surfability on their beaches…
Tootsa’s summer collection ‘Goofy Foot Grommet’ is inspired by the oceans and their passion for surfing. Proceeds from some of the collection goes to the ocean charity Surfers Against Sewage.
The ‘SAVE OUR SEAS’ tee is one of the pieces, I’ve taken 20% off online and in store for the next week. Pop in, we’ve The Beach Boys on our summer playlist too.