Excitement rose with the sun in La Jolla, California, as some very special athletes gathered to hit the surf.
For the second consecutive year, from December 8 to 11, San Diego is hosting the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.
Morning activities began with the Stance ISA Adaptive Surfing Clinic providing expert surfing instruction to over 25 adaptive surfers, some of who were to experience the sport for the first time.
The surfers dotted the waves yellow with their sun-colored jerseys. Volunteers in red and white ensured the safety of the participants, who despite their various ages, nationalities, skill levels and disabilities, all enjoyed their time in the water and the physical freedom it afforded them.
The afternoon program started with the Parade of Nations, in which 77 competitors from 22 countries and numerous participants and volunteers took part. Flags waved as the teams approached the stage. In a gesture to show the unity of the global surfing community, sands from every represented nation were combined in the “Sands of the World”.
ISA President Fernando Aguirre was there to greet everybody and officially open the event, declaring as part of his welcome that “The quality and the kindness of a society is evident in the way it treats diverse people, in how it creates a level playing field for all.”
Competition will start December 9th at 8:30 in the morning. Catch the championship on live streaming at isaworlds.com.