Regardless of age, the smiles on their faces said it all.
The sheer joy and happiness was palpable at the third disabled surfing day in Warrnambool, which attracted record numbers.
Participants used specialised surf boards from Queensland and other modified equipment and wetsuits from the DSA Ocean Grove branch to take to the water.
Almost 70 volunteers and 37 surfers enjoyed the Disabled Surfing Association (DSA) event, an experience they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in.
Nicola Herry said her daughter Adia, 5, “had an absolute ball” and said she was truly grateful to all at DSA who made the day possible.
“Adia loves the water but she would never have been able to experience surfing without the help of all the volunteers,” Ms Herry said. “You could see the sheer joy on her face which is priceless for a parent to see."
DSA Great South Coast Warrnambool branch president Aidan Nicolson said there had been a “groundswell of support” from both participants and volunteers.
The day attracted people from Hamilton, Mortlake, Portland, the Corangamite Shire and Warrnambool with 13 more surfers attending this year’s event.
“It just continues to grow which is great,” Mr Nicolson said. “There were lots of return surfers and volunteers and heaps of new ones as well.
“We’re really pleased with how it went and the support we’ve been given from the volunteers who gave their time and the parents and carers who brought their kids along. It’s just a really cool day.”