On Saturday 23rd March 2013 a group of Getabout members and support workers gathered at Leighton Beach for a morning of surfing, organised by the Disabled Surfers Association. We donned our correct coloured vests, smothered ourselves in sunscreen and hit the beach.
It was a glorious, mild summer’s day with a perfect swell rolling in. There were six surfing lanes with a wonderful mob of volunteers lined up at each to help. Amy was first up for a surf in our group, going back each time with a huge smile on her face and jumping out of her skin with excitement. Emily and Samantha caught some good waves and surfed in to shore like true pros. While we were waiting between turns we entertained ourselves watching other people, some experiencing the ocean for the first time. We also had fun burying Deb in the sand.
After a while the surf picked up. Vince was getting a bit nervous, but he survived a near swamping and came through very pleased with himself and strutting his stuff like he does it every day. Alan would have to get the prize for the biggest stack, but nothing fazes Al, the water-boy. What a lot of smiles for one day from so many people!! Across the beach, the excitement, sheer joy and camaraderie were contagious.
After all the action in the water and appetites up, a sausage sizzle was a welcome and sociable way to top off a great day.
Members arrived home sun-kissed, sandy and super- satisfied with themselves. High five to all involved.
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