Successful turn out for disabled surfing in Byron

Saturdays ‘Let’s Go Surfing Day’ at Clarkes Beach in Byron was a great success. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Saturdays ‘Let’s Go Surfing Day’ at Clarkes Beach in Byron was a great success said president of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc (DSA), Steve Keefe.

‘It was the best turn out this year and our second ever biggest day. There was a really good turn out of volunteers from the community and there were 62 participants’ who got to catch plenty of waves ‘especially those who arrived early’.

From October to March each year the DSA run monthly events at Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Evans Head, Yamba and Minnie Waters between the months of October and March.

‘Everyone had lots of fun and there were lots of smiles and laughing – there is always lots of whooping and cheering and encouragement and it is all about making sure that it is all round fun fore everyone,’ continued Steve.

Following the surfing there is a free BBQ for everyone and awards are handed out to all the participants.

‘We acknowledge all the participants and get them up to receive some tokens from the day like hats, glasses and other beach related stuff,’ said Steve.

‘Our volunteers spend lots of time combing the op-sops and asking local businesses for small unique prizes for things like the wave of the day, dump of the day and surfer of the day.’

They also have a surfboard raffle prize at the end of the season for all the volunteers.

Steve was keen to acknowledge the vital role that the volunteers play in making the events such a success saying that ‘Our volunteers work really hard both on the day and to find the prizes and money to run things like the free BBQs.’

‘This was the last one of the season but we are up again in October in Evans Head,’ Steve confirmed.

If you are interested in getting involved or run a businesses that could donate a prize for next year you can contact the DSA via their website  or Facebook Page.

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