Dries Millard: Adaptive Surfing is Making History this Sunday

This just in from our buddy Dries Millard (the amazing adaptive surfer and Red Bull Wings for Life Ambassador who surfs with 18% body function):

Inaugural Triggerfish South African Adaptive Surfing Championships to make history at Muizenberg on Sunday

South African surfing history will be made on Sunday when the Triggerfish South African Adaptive Surfing Championships gets under way at Muizenberg Pavilion Beach at around 9am.

The Triggerfish South African Adaptive Surfing Championships is presented by Adaptive Surfing South Africa, the organization that has been formed to develop adaptive surfing in South Africa.

Surfers from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KZN will be competing in the tournament which is not only the first of its kind to take place in South Africa but is also one of the few to be held anywhere in the world. The championships will use the International Surfing Association rules and will follow the guidelines used at the inaugural 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships.

Sunday’s contest features 10 heats in four disciplines and the winners of each of these divisions will be named as the 2016 South African Champions. All the finalists will be awarded medals. The heats and format will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and results and photographs will be available on the Surfing South Africa website on Sunday evening.

ISA Judge and Surfing South Africa Vice President Bongani Xulu of Ballito is the Head Judge for the event and will be in charge of an experienced judging panel, Chris Dunt is the Contest Director and Tasha Mentasti is Event Coordinator. Surfing South Africa Board member and experienced contest official, Brian Abrahams of Port Elizabeth will travel to Cape Town to add his expertise to the event.

Adapted Surfing South Africa will be hosting a Seminar from 2pm to 5pm at Reddam School in Tokai on Saturday October 15th and anyone who is interested in becoming involved in this programme as well as the participating athletes are welcome to attend.

The 2016 South Africa Adaptive Surfing Championships is sponsored by Triggerfish Animation Studios and supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Hawk62, Reef Wetsuits, Surf Emporium and GoPro.

The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the recognized national governing body for the sport and presented by Adapted Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

(Check out the profile we made of Dries for Red Bull's 2016 Wings for Life World Run earlier this year)