Adaptive Surfing at Our New Isle of Wight Hub

On a beautiful day at our new adaptive surfing hub on the Isle of Wight, we welcomed a group of young adults from Coleg Gwent in Wales for an unforgettable experience. For many of the students aged 17-25 who have learning difficulties, this was their first time ever being in the ocean.

Boy on a surf board, stretching his arms. Photograph of a girl smiling while riding a wave on her surfboard.

The session was part of The Wave Project’s Adaptive Surfing programme, designed to make surfing accessible to people of all abilities. Our specially trained surf mentors and wonderful volunteers provided individualised support and instruction to ensure each participant could experience authentic, barrier-free surfing tailored to their needs.

The looks on the students’ faces as they rode waves said it all. As the organisers shared: “The staff were amazed with your team of coaches, and their professionalism, patience, and kindness with our learners. They recommend this activity for future opportunities as it was the highlight of the week for the learners and staff.”

A group of people playing in the sea.

Surfing really is for everyone. We are committed to creating opportunities for people with disabilities to get in the ocean in a safe, supportive environment. We can’t wait to host more Adaptive Sessions and share more unforgettable surfing days!