Paula, Toby and Matthew Groves were thrilled to be part of the day. A500717

THE Disabled Surfers Association held a highly successful day in Inverloch on Saturday, February 11.
“Fifty surfers with varying needs took part,” said one of the organisers, Stuart Yates.
“There was a bit of a buzz helping them to have the experience of surfing which isn’t usually available to them.”
The conditions were perfect with outstanding weather and great surf.
Stuart was keen to acknowledge all the community support that had made the day possible.
“The lifesaving club has been magnificent,” he said.
“Another branch came down from Mornington to give us a hand setting it up and getting it all going and the Bass Coast Shire put in a great path that allowed access to the event.”
It is going to be an ongoing event with plans to start up a local branch.
Gary Blaschke set up the DSA in 1986 after he lost his kneecap in a motorbike accident.
He saw a void that needed to be filled, as many surfers with disabilities have no one to help them get back into the water.
Thank goodness for Gary because now there is this wonderful association with branches all over Australia.
Paula and Matthew Groves said that their son Toby had a great opportunity for inclusion.
“His brother and sister are out in the water now and can do whatever they like but Toby doesn’t always get that chance,” they said.
Damian (Damo) Davies also had fun on his board and stayed in the water for quite some time.