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Children with special needs go surfing in NY’s Long Beach

Seventeen young patients with cerebral palsy enjoyed the pleasures of surfing in Long Beach, Long Island. The event organized by the Adaptive Sports Academy at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) had surfers Will and Cliff Skudin teaching the basic lessons to beginners aged from 5 to 21. Despite the initial anxiety and fear, the patients affected by disabilities such as cerebral palsy and other body movement restrictions had fun riding the challenging waves on offer in New York’s Long Beach.

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Children with special needs go surfing in NY’s Long Beach

How does Bethany Hamilton surf with one arm?

To be a surfer you have to love the feeling of surfing. It takes a lot of hard work to catch waves. The learning curve for surfing can be quite steep. If you take lessons and pick the right board shape and size, for the right wave height and speed, you are steps closer to ripping like the pros. The paddle, the pop-up, and duck diving, all take time to master and execute effectively. Normal challenges include starting late in life or not having the money for high-performance boards.

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How does Bethany Hamilton surf with one arm?

Taj Burrow takes out the 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Former Championship Tour (CT) campaigner Taj Burrow has taken out his second consecutive 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. The Australian veteran, who had already won the twin-fin division, concluded his performance in the pumping right-hand reef of Sultans with a win over free surfer Rob Machado in the thruster final. “I would have retired earlier if I knew this is what life would be like. I’m so stoked I got to come back here after a win last year. The waves were cooking for this whole event,” said Burrow.

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Taj Burrow takes out the 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Julian Wilson claims the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti

It was not flawless Teahupoo, but Julian Wilson found two late gems and sealed the win at the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti. The Australian surfer defeated Gabriel Medina in six-to-seven foot waves at the End of the Road. Wilson secured his third Championship Tour (CT) victory of his career and the first in Tahiti. Julian’s two highest scoring waves only arrived in the last ten minutes. And you could say they were miracle waves. First, he broke the combination situation with a 9.23 wave and then, with three minutes on the clock, he finds an opportunity that propelled him to first place.

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Julian Wilson claims the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti

Aritz Aranburu wins the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials

Aritz Aranburu conquered the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials, at Teahupoo. The Spanish surfer defeated Nathan Edge in a final held in challenging ocean and weather conditions. Despite the absence of the classic Teahupoo barrels, all 32 trialists gave their best to earn a spot in the main event. “It’s a dream come true,” expressed Aritz Aranburu, a former Championship Tour (CT) campaigner. He will face Matt Wilkinson and Wiggolly Dantas in Round 1 of the competition.

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Aritz Aranburu wins the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials