Surf Emporium is an accredited adaptive surf school that makes riding the waves with a disability possible.
Surf Emporium is internationally recognised as South Africa’s most popular surf and SUP destination with a proven track record.
Surf Emporium is located on the Muizenberg beachfront on Surfers Corner and offers an accredited Surf and SUP School, rents high-quality equipment and leading Surf and SUP brands. It is a family-focused environment where you embrace the surfing world whether it is something you want to try for the first time or something you have loved for years.
What makes it extra special is its adaptive surfing clinic.
Surf Emporium defines an adaptive surfer as a surfer with a disability, including but not limited to paralysis, cerebral palsy, blindness, amputations and so on. The adaptive surfing clinic allows people with physical and intellectual disabilities to ride ocean waves on a surfboard.
Also known as para surfing, adaptive surfing was introduced to the disabled community of South Africa for the first time in 2011 and is a sport that has been growing rapidly.
Surf Emporium is committed to developing this growth locally and nationally.
Adaptive surfing was officially added to the Olympic Games in 2020, and it allows adaptive surfers to compete against and alongside athletes without disabilities.
Surf Emporium offers the following adaptive surf categories:
- AS-1: Surfers who ride in a standing or kneeling position
- AS-2: Surfers who ride in a standing or kneeling position
- AS-3: Surfers who ride in a seated position
- AS-4: Surfers who ride in a prone position
- AS-5: Surfers who ride in a non-standing position and need assistance to paddle into waves
- AS-VI: Surfers who have a visual impairment
- *Adaptive Surfers with intellectual disabilities
You can get involved in Surf Emporium’s adaptive surfing clinic by registering as an adaptive surfer, becoming a volunteer to assist in adaptive surfing clinics or booking an adaptive surfing team-building package where you can have fun and give back.
Book an adaptive surf lesson:
Surf Emporium is trying to expand its adaptive surfing circle and invites anyone with a disability to inquire about adaptive surf lessons. The school offers private lessons, clinics, development days, family days and more.
- Book: Adaptive surf lesson
Become a volunteer:
A first-time adaptive surfer requires a minimum of two professionally qualified adaptive surf coaches, four volunteers (depending on the disability), and transport assistance for getting to and from the beach and into or out of the water.
- Sign up: Volunteer
Book a team-building package:
Surf Emporium has a number of packages to incorporate adaptive surfing into any end-of-year or team-building function. This is an opportunity to have fun and give back to an incredible cause.
- Book: Team building package
- Location: Surfers Corner, 72 Beach Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
- Contact: [email protected]
- Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 6pm
- Website: surfemporium.co.za
Picture: Surf Emporium Muizenberg / Facebook