Para Surfing
Photo Credit: Adaptive Surfers of South Africa

The South African World Para Surfing team shone brightly at the championships this past weekend; SA earned three podium places and ranked 5th overall!


South Africa (12 December 2022) – Adaptive Surfing South Africa reached out to share the happy news that South Africa had placed 5th overall at the 2022 Pismo Beach World Para Surfing Championships which took place from the 7th-11th of December. Not only did we place 5th, but three of our incredible surfers earned podium places during the event.

Several organisations representing South Africa were at the event including Made for More, the Roxy Davis Foundation and Adaptive Surfing South Africa. South Africans played a vital part in getting the team to the USA. Through fundraising efforts run by the various organisations, a few of the team members got to travel overseas for the first time and compete in their first-ever international championship.

These are the incredible Para Surfers who flew the flag high for us all!

  • Raemondo Lessing (WC),
  • Noluthando Makalima (WC),
  • Michele Macfarlane (WC),
  • Caleb Swanepoel (WC),
  • James Sinclair (KZN),
  • Similo Dlamini (KZN),
  • David Williams (KZN),
  • Doug Hendrikz (KZN),
  • Martin Ferreira (GP),
  • Tracy McKay (KZN),
  • Alulutho Tshoba (KZN),
  • Oliver Sinclair (KZN),
  • Asande Sibisi (KZN),
  • Sabelo Ngema (KZN),
  • Jean Paul Veaudry (EC).

The event saw 180 surfers from 28 countries come together. South Africa’s Jean-Paul Veaudry placed 2nd in the men’s stand 2 division, Tracy McKay placed 3rd in the women’s prine 1 division and Doug Hendrikz placed 4th in the open sit division. The whole team got to have the time of their lives, competing and connecting with fellow surfers from around the world.

Take a look at the highlight reel from the event. The team well and truly deserve every praise and we are so proud of what they accomplished!

Sources: Adaptive Surfing South Africa
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