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Wave Challenge makes a splash at Surfer’s Corner<p>​</p><span><p>'The City is not only a proud supporter of this event, but we are committed to making as many of our world class facilities and beaches accessible to all. The event has become a fixture on the calendar and this year was once again a huge success. We celebrated persons with disabilities and enjoyed the best of what Cape Town has to offer,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>This year's event set a record with the successful completion of the Wave Challenge, inclusive of adaptive surfers and their support teams. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:722px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town's flagship universal access beach, is equipped with designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities, ramps, handrails, ablution facilities, a universal access beach mat and an amphibious wheelchair. </p><p> </p><p>This allows persons with disabilities to easily access and submerge directly in the water.</p><p> </p><p>Throughout the event, organisers had access to the amphibious beach wheelchair and Mobi-Mat for universal access. </p><p> </p><p>City staff supported with logistics, permit applications, ensured that lifeguards were on duty and made equipment accessible when needed.</p><p> </p><p>The Roxy Davis Foundation organised the event to cover the costs of 30 new adaptive surfers, enabling each one to receive six surf therapy sessions in 2024. </p><p> </p><p>The special day aimed to highlight inclusion and community adaptability. The Surf Therapy programme's positive impact on adaptive surfers was showcased, emphasizing the extraordinary moments created by everyday people.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1249px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The day featured various activities, including a talk about the positive impact of nature and the ocean on well-being, an environmental awareness programme, safety briefings, Surf Like Me sessions, the Wave Challenge, and more.</p><p> </p><p>The Roxy Davis Foundation expressed gratitude for the support of volunteers, the City, NSRI and the Beach Buddy programme. </p><p> </p><p>'The wave with the most number of adaptive surfers on it was 24 and it is currently an unofficial record. The foundation hopes to make it official and we plan to submit it to Guinness World Records, symbolising our collective dedication to pushing boundaries and making waves in the world of inclusivity and community,' said Ms Davis.</p><p> </p><p>The Recreation and Parks Department implemented an awareness component within the Beach Buddies project at Harmony Park. They highlight the dangers and consequences of diving from the jetty at Harmony Park to beach users.</p><p> </p><p>This weekend the Beach Buddies were part of the land-based volunteers at the event and assisted with logistics on the day.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:2137px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The Beach Buddies are made up of eight disabled individuals and their four dedicated helpers. </p><p> </p><p>'I am especially proud of the City's Beach Buddies as they are making a significant impact on creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all. The Wave Challenge event exemplifies our commitment to supporting initiatives that foster community spirit and inclusion,' added Councillor Van der Ross.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:2137px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2023-12-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1;L0|#0bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1|Beaches;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#8974ffd2-9190-4660-b4b6-29dc6f01ee67;L0|#08974ffd2-9190-4660-b4b6-29dc6f01ee67|Disability;GP0|#4af4b579-4df1-461e-a0df-8b7b97614bf5;L0|#04af4b579-4df1-461e-a0df-8b7b97614bf5|assist10

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