All aboard for a beach day
HOT on the heels of International Day of People with Disability is a surfing meet on Saturday with a difference.
Starting 9am at Clarkes Beach, the Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) is celebrating inclusion by inviting people with and without disabilities to join them for a day at the beach.
DSA Far North Coast spokeswoman Margreet Weigers said the event, held at a different spot between Yamba and Kingscliff every month, was about getting in the water and "having a great day".
"Going to the beach is easy to take for granted, especially when you live in this area, but for some people these are the only times they're able to go to the beach," she said.
"It's like a surf road trip."
Initially set up for injured surfers in 1986, the voluntary organisation now has 15 branches across Australia and New Zealand which cater to anyone with a disability or impairment.
Organisers are also looking for volunteers to help with the day's activities.
"You don't need to be an experienced surfer or surf instructor as we need people to help with the barbecue, on the beach, and in the shallows," Ms Weigers said.
Sign-in starts at 9am for volunteers and 10am for surfers. The event will conclude with a free barbecue for volunteers and participants.
For those who can't make it, Byron Shire has two beach wheelchairs available for free.