Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team places 5th in the world

ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

LA JOLLA SHORES,CA – (November 29-December3,2017) AccesSurf today announces the Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team has placed 5th in the world as a team at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Championships. In addition to the team standing they proudly brought home 2 Gold, 1 Silver,1 Bronze and 2 Cooper medals in the individual divisions. The Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team represented with a team of 10 adaptive surfers.

The 2017 ISA (International Surfing Association) World Adaptive Surfing Championships was held in La Jolla Shores CA. 109 surfers with disabilities from 26 nations competed in the 4 day competition. This was a historical event as this year marked the first for the ISA to include women’s divisions with the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships. Hawaii won 4 medals in the women’s divisions including 2 Gold medals. Adaptive surfers (surfers with physical disabilities) compete in 6 divisions – AS1 (Stand/Kneel), AS2 (Stand/Kneel), AS3 (Sit), A4 (prone), A5 (prone) and V1 (visually impaired). The ISA has modeled their world championships after AccesSurf’s Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championships at Duke’s OceanFest.

“We are so proud of the Hawaiian team. They competed strong but they also brought a lot of Aloha to entire event.,” said Cara Short, AccesSurf executive director. “We are excited to see the growth of the competitive adaptive surfing community around the world.”

Individual medals:

  • Ann Yoshida , 1st women’s AS4 division
  • Ava Heller, 1st women’s AS5 division
  • Meira Duarte Va’a, 2nd women’s AS division
  • Darian Haynes, 3rd women’s AS1 division
  • Rich Julian, 4th open AS3 division
  • Colin Cook , 4th open AS2 division

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About AccesSurf:

Established in 2006, AccesSurf empowers individuals with physical disabilities through accessible water programs. The Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team is a program of AccesSurf established in 2014. They train throughout the year and compete locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information www.accessurf.org.

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Media contact for The Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team: November Morris november.morris@gmail.com (808) 457-8147