Over 70 disabled children hit the surf at our Summer Surf Challenge event in Newquay

Seventy children with severe disabilities proved that surfing is possible for everyone at our annual event, the Summer Surf Challenge for the ninth year.

Children who had never surfed before were treated to half-hour free session in perfect clean waves and bright sunshine at Watergate Bay, near Newquay, on Saturday.

With support from over 100 surf volunteers from across the UK, and specialist disability surf equipment, every young surfer was able to catch a wave.

Firefighters from Cornwall Fire Service supported the event, with a team manning one of our specially adapted surf boards to support children with severely complex disabilities.

Others surfed on foam boards supported by trained volunteers, while others manage to surf independently with the support of a surf mentor.

The event was supported by the Watergate Bay Hotel and clothing company Saltrock.

CEO Joe Taylor commented: “Seeing the joy and smiles on the faces of young people is the whole point of this event. They have proved once again that surfing can be for everyone, and it was a real pleasure to take them into the water to catch some waves.”

See below for some of our highlights – photographs taken by Bella Rose Bunce