2023 Welsh Para Surfing Championships Announced
The date has been set for the 2023 Welsh Para Surfing Championships!
August 18th-20th 2023!
It will return to Surf Snowdonia wave pool in Adventure Parc Snowdonia, North Wales. This event will bring all the amazing athletes back to Wales to compete in the wave pool for the 3rd time!
Registration will be open soon!
This will be the second stop on the European Para Surf league after Spain (July 6-9th).
From Wales the tour then heads straight to France for their competition (25th-29th August).
The event will have a live feed and commentary for those who can't get there in person.
Keep an eye on our news feed and socials for more information! Click here for the Adaptive Surfing World Events FB page
Main sponsor - 'TheMailingroom.com'
Secondary sponsors so far-
Interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event? Follow the organiser of the event, and the 2022 ISA World Para Champion Llewelyn Williams on Instagram: @spongeabersoch
Llewelyn 'Sponge' Williams crowned ISA 2022 Para Surfing World Champion!
Llewelyn 'Sponge' Williams crowned World Champion at the 2022 ISA Para Surfing World Championships!
Representing Wales at the 2022 World Para Surfing Championships at Pismo Beach, California, Sponge has battled through a field of top international competitors to become the Men's World Champion in the kneeling division.
This achievement was long in the making, with several close finishes in previous years.
2022 is definitely Sponge's year, and what a way to start the festive season.
The WSF congratulate Llewelyn on this massive achievement. You deserve it! You are the best in the world!
Welsh Adaptive Team head to California for the ISA World Championships!
Following Llywelyn Williams’ final placing in the Kneeling Division at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships 2021, we’re trying to give even more support to our athletes at this year’s championships.
Taking place at Pismo Beach, California, the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championship gives Team Wales the chance to follow up on Sponge’s success.
If you would like to offer financial support to our adaptive athletes, hit this link:
The championships kick off on Dec 4th. You can catch all the live action here:
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Live scores for the Welsh Adaptive Championships HERE!
There is a live stream of the event for you to watch from where ever you are in the world. Visit the Surf Snowdonia page to find out more by clicking here.
If band width's a problem for you, or you're in a meeting or place where video watching is frowned upon, why not just follow the live scores! The WSF are hosting the live scores for the WASC event in Surf Snowdonia. Find them by clicking here.
Surf Snowdonia to host the Welsh Adaptive Surfing Championships 2022
Surf Snowdonia are hosting for the second time the Welsh Adaptive Surfing Championships.
Welcoming back surfers from all over the world for the contest, Surf Snowdonia will stage the event in their freshwater Wavegarden surf lagoon over the 1st and 2nd July.
This year is going to be better than ever following two summers of lockdowns and restrictions – in short, the waves are rolling, the surfers are preparing and the stoke levels are at an all-time high.
Participating in the event (as well as being responsible for making much of it happen), Wales' very own Llewelyn Williams of Abersoch, North Wales.
Good luck to all the competitors!
Head to the Surf Snowdonia site by clicking here to catch all the action via their live stream!
Llywelyn “Sponge” Williams sets sights on World Para Surfing glory
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Llywelyn Williams – or Sponge, as he’s better known – is getting ready to Wales at the ISA World Para Surfing Championships in California.
The Welsh surfer is hoping for a repeat of the success he enjoyed on his last trip to the States in September, when he won the US Open Adaptive Surf Championships.
It’s an amazing prospect that few could have predicted a decade ago. In 2011, a skateboarding accident near his home in Abersoch led to Sponge having his right leg amputated above the knee as part of life-saving treatment.
Already an experienced surfer, getting back into the waves was a big motivating factor in a subsequent recovery that has been nothing short of inspirational.
Sponge began competing in adaptive surf contests in 2016, when he placed 5th in the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. He has since been involved in over 22 competitions, had 20 podium finishes, and has won the English Adaptive Surf Championship four times in his division.
This remarkable athlete now aims to make Christmas come early by taking gold on the world stage.
We checked in with Sponge to see how things are going ahead of his trip.
How have preparations gone for the ISA World Para Surfing Championships?
Sponge: Really good thanks. The whole team’s ready for it – Ben, Toby, and I think Katie as well from Surfability. There’s two of us going out to represent Wales in the kneeling division – myself and Isaac Heaher – so that’s awesome.
My own training has been going really well. Earlier in the autumn I was invited by the Welsh Surfing Federation (WSF) to training sessions with South African Olympic surf coach, Llewellyn Whittaker, who’s one of the best coaches in the world. We’ve been training up at Surf Snowdonia too, plus I’ve been working a lot on my fitness.
Congratulations on becoming the US adaptive surf champion. What did winning that event mean to you?
S: I've been trying to get top place on the podium since I started competing in 2016. I’d be coming third, second, or fourth and every event, so to come home with the first at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships was a great feeling.
Now I'm holding the US kneeling champion title, I’m the Bali kneeling champion, and I have the English title as well.
Can you take us through your experiences at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships in Oceanside?
S: A month before I went to the States we had the English championships down at The Wave in Bristol. We got to see all the English team members and a team came over from Israel too for that one. Then we flew out to America to compete again. To see more adaptive surfing was great.
The US Championships went really well. I got seeded top through every heat and made the semi-finals. I managed to get through the semis and then I won the final too. I think I was competing against eleven others in total in the kneeling division.
How were the conditions?
S: In the mornings, the waves were probably about chest-to-shoulder height and clean. And similar then every day after that, really. The waves got a bit more wobbly and weaker as the tide dropped back.
Oceanside is great as a surfing location. There's parking right on the beach and great wheelchair access. It was fantastic to see other adaptive surfers from around the world, especially after successive lockdowns. It’s been over two years since we last competed.
How did you manage training and competing through the Covid restrictions?
S: I live two minutes from the beaches, so I was always able train and surf legally through the pandemic, as I have pro-athlete status.
International travel was obviously heavily impacted due to Covid, but thanks to the WSF who gave me the pro elite athlete pass to allow me to enter America and compete on the basis of national interest.
When we were last in California, it was more or less up to you whether or not you wore a mask. Things were pretty laid back there compared to the UK.
Do you have a favourite wave?
S: I’m a big fan of Uluwatu in Indonesia. We went there just at the start of lockdown so all the tourists were gone. There were probably about twenty surfers on it, and the wave was just reeling all the way in; it was sick. At home my favourite wave is probably Hell’s Mouth which is right on my doorstep.
What’s the goal for 2022?
S: I put together the first ever adaptive surfing championships to be held at a wave pool – at Surf Snowdonia – which was also the first adaptive surf competition to happen in Wales. The last one was run in 2019 and we had 24 competitors from around the world coming to Snowdonia.
It was pretty much a trial run; we had prize money, live score feeds and all the other stuff. The Mailing Room has now sponsored me to run the Wales Surfing Adaptive Championship at Surf Snowdonia for the next three years, so I’ll have that to organise.
I’ve got my eye on the Paralympic games in 2028, which is apparently when surfing will be included, so I have plenty of time to train for that.
I’d like to give a shout out to my sponsors SurfabilityUK, and The Mailing Room who are covering my surf costs. I’m on Team O’Neil now, too, so they sort me out with wetsuits through the year.
You’ve got a new surf brand – tell us a little bit about that.
S: I started an outdoor and gym-wear clothing brand called Hopalong clothing that I'm hoping within the next five years will be able to sponsor athletes from the UK or worldwide really.
The idea behind it came from the fact that as adaptive surfers we all struggled to find sponsorship. So, me and a friend thought why can’t we start something that’s cheap and good quality. Hopefully it grows and I’ll be able to sponsor disabled athletes in future.
Stay tuned on Insta & Facebook for competition updates from the ISA World Para Surfing Championships.
Crowd funder launched to help send Team Wales to the ISA Para Surf World Championships
- ISA, Worlds, Para, Adaptive, Welsh Team
Team Wales has a strong affinity with the adaptive surfing games. Following on from Llewelyn Williams' 1st place in the Kneeling Division at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships earlier this year we aim to give our athletes the best opportunity to back up Llew's success and proudly fly the flag. Please use the link above to donate if you can.
Details of the upcoming event can be found here :
With a link to the videos of the event here :
Welsh Para Surfing Team off to California in Dec for the ISA Para Surf World Championships!
- Adaptive, Comp, Worlds, California, ISA
The Wales Para Surfing Team is heading to California in December to compete at the ISA Para Surf World Championships.
The Team could do with a little extra help with funding. We are looking for sponsors and individual donations to add to the pot. Please get in touch if you run a company that would like to sponsor or would like to make a donation.
Pictured is Welsh Para Athlete Llywelyn 'Sponge' Williams riding a beautiful blue barrel during a previous World Championships.
Follow Llewelyn on Insta @spongeabersoch
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