River waves at the 3rd transnational meeting of the INCLUSEA project in Cologne, Germany
Academic knowledge, scientific evidence, practical experience, passion for waves, and a new approach to the rapids near Cologne, Germany, during the third transnational Inclusea meeting.
The third INCLUSEA transnational meeting, the European project that continues to develop an innovative methodological toolkit to teach adapted surfing took place on October 27 and 28 in Cologne, Germany.
Blue minds from 5 European countries spent 3 days sharing their recent findings, tackling the new steps for the development and pre-validation of an innovative adapted surf coaching toolkit for competitive, recreational, and/or therapeutical purposes.
This meeting organized by Deutscher Wellenreitverband EV, German Surfing Federation, is part of the Working Package 3 (WP3), and aimed to review and validate the surf teaching methodologies developed during this phase of the project.
The meeting in the city of Cologne marks the moment when the first surf education methodologies were adapted worldwide. Its official validation will take place at the next transnational meeting in Somo, Cantabria, Spain. Although it has not been possible to put the didactic methodologies into practice, an extensive scientific and academic examination of them has been carried out, which will provide a very important boost to the modality.
For two days, the project partners were able to work face-to-face and share adapted surfing experiences. Part of the INCLUSEA team also had the opportunity to visit the first static surf wave built on a lake – Langenfeld surf wave, and explore the possibility of a surf performance adapted to these conditions.
INCLUSEA, co-funded by Erasmus+ Sport, is now at the end of the third phase of development, seeking to validate adapted surf education methodologies. These guidelines have been developed based on all the scientific and practical work collected in the previous stages of the project so that in the future, people with disabilities and also clubs, schools, and surf coaches can prepare themselves to deepen their knowledge in this sport area. with a strong social component, inclusion can benefit from this knowledge.
Special thanks to our partner @wellenreitverband for such a warm welcome and hosting the event.