DESPITE the scare of a wet start to last Saturday, Ulladulla’s second annual Disabled Surfing Day went off without a hitch.
The expertise and professionalism of the South Coast Disabled Surfers was on full display as 35 participants hit the water with the help of their carers and an army of 145 volunteers.
As with all DSA events around Australia, surfers were helped by individual teams made up of 10 volunteers per team.
Bethany Cooper-Wares won the sand modelling competition against a high-class field with a desert island complete with palm trees.
Peter Gilford took out the hotly contested ‘toss the sandbag’ competition with the day’s only perfect score.
Best novice surfer of the day went to Lachlan Aldwel while Wendy Tranter won the ‘wave of the day’ award for a 50 metre screamer.
Wipe-outs of the day were shared between Lusa Jones and Greg Garbutt.
Longest tube ride of the day was taken out by Nicky Morris.
Amy Lockton overcame her fears, after a few false starts, to take out the Most Inspirational award – way to go Amy!
The major award for the day, the ‘best surfer trophy’, donated by Southern Man Surf Shop was convincingly won by a less-than shy Zac Bett, who loudly agreed with the judges’ decision.
All participants were awarded a surfing medallion and a bag of goodies for their efforts, after the all-in-one BBQ.
Branch president Ian Picton ended the prize-giving by recognising the great continuing support of Tony Bewley from the Burrill Ulladulla Sea Scouts and in particular Kent and Juanita Saunders and the team from Southern Man surf shop.