Inclusea at the World Para Surfing Symposium during the 2021 ISA World Para Surfing Championship in Pismo Beach California
The Inclusea Team was happy to be invited to the World Para Surfing Symposium during the 2021 ISA World Para Surfing Championship in Pismo Beach. The symposium covered many interesting aspects of adaptive surfing, ranging from the road to paralympic inclusion, over women and youth in para surfing, to round table discussions on how to increase accessibility for adaptive surfers, and other topics.
The Inclusea team, represented by Pedro Gutierrez (ESP), Joao Zamith (POR), and Johannes Laing (GER), was invited to talk about international organizations developing adaptive surfing worldwide.
Together with Francisca Silva (CHI), Christiaan Bailey (USA), Dana Cummings (USA), and Johannes Laing (GER), the audience was given insight into the global movement that adaptive surfing has become, and how projects from all over the world are developing the sport – from grassroots projects to well-established programs.
The EU-funded Inclusea Project is proud to be part of the global adaptive surfing family, and to help with its development by providing a simple and comprehensive methodology for surf coaches, organizations, or other professionals, to adequately host adaptive surfers.
Our 3 consortium members also delivered great results at the competition with their own respective country’s teams. Last year’s World Champions, the Spanish team, became 2nd of the world winning the silver medals, Germany became 12th, Portugal 13th, and France 16th on the general rank classification.
We were stoked to see the smiling faces of our para-surfers after their individual performances. Some of them reached the top of the podium such as the young Marta Paços (POR) winning the gold at 16 years of age, followed by the previous World-Champion Carmen López (ES), this time silver in VI 1 category. Sara Amargro (ES) won the silver medal in prone, Maria Martin Granizo (ES), Audrey Pascual (ES), and Philippe Naud (FR) won bronzes in their categories, and other top riders such as Gallo Francesena (ES), Camilo Abdula (POR), or Celia Gramse (ES) had a good performance going all the way to the finals.
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