What we've been up to this month:

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We are absolutely stoked to announce that one of our surf club members has won SILVER for England at an international surfing competition in California!

Charlotte Weston, 19, won silver in the ISA Adaptive Worlds in La Jolla this weekend. She defeated competitors from Hawaii, Australia and the US, only narrowly missing out on the Gold place.

This would be an amazing achievement for a young person who has had every opportunity in life. But Charlotte’s life has been best with challenges.

She has autism, cerebral palsy and problems with her heart. She spent many months in hospital as a child, missing out on the opportunities her friends had.

In 2011, at the age of 13, she was referred to The Wave Project. She completed our six week surfing course and went on to join our surf club.

Making new friends and building confidence through surfing was key to Charlotte’s recovery. Although she continued to have health set backs, including long stints in hospital, she continued with her surfing. In 2013, she won The Wave Project Courage Award at our annual awards ceremony, where she met pro surfers like Ben Skinner and Russell Winter.

This inspired Charlotte to be even more determined. She became a surf mentor and started volunteering to help other young people. In 2016, she went on a Wave Project surf exchange to Ireland – the first time she had been abroad by herself. This further increased her confidence, and this year we put her  forward for the Surfing England Team Adaptive Qualifiers in Watergate Bay Cornwall.

Charlotte came fourth overall at the event and was picked for the team. She was then chosen to represent England at the ISA Adaptives. We organised for her to have extra 1:1 surfing lessons with our ambassador, former pro surfer and English National champion Hannah Harding.  

She went off to California with the Surfing England team two weeks ago. And the rest is history.