Yesterday an adaptive surfing event was held in Peniche. It was organized by Associação Portuguesa de Surf Adaptado (SURFaddict), PPSC – Peniche Surfing Clube, Câmara Municipal de Peniche and Special Surf 78. A number of people attended the event, including people with lower limb deficiencies and short statures. Some surfers with disabilities were towed out by able-bodied surfers before riding the waves back to shore. Tow ins also took place.
The event was the third in a series of adaptive surfing events that took place this summer in Portugal. Portuguese Paralympic swimmer and founder of SURFaddict Nuno Vitorino said, “Peniche is the capital of the wave and one of the meccas of the surfing world, the world’s best surfing in Peniche. Adapted surf And also want to surf the best waves in the world.” Mayor of Peniche António José Correia was delighted that the event was hosted in his city, and was happy to be part of the initiative to get more people with disabilities involved in surfing.
Vitorino founded SURFaddict with the intention of promoting the sport to people with disabilities, and showing others that anything is possible. He is quoted by Diário Digital as saying, “It is important to show that disability is not an excuse for not achieving our goals.”
On August 16 in Cortegaça, Vitorino will be participating in Festival Surf at Night event, where he will be towed out using a personal watercraft before riding the waves back in. He will be one of the first quadriplegics in the world to have done this. His participation takes place as part of broader Festival Surf at Night taking place from August 13 to 17.