A lover of the water, Cornwall-based Fixer Hayley Boulden (24) feels that everyone should know just how fun the beach can be. For her Fixers campaign, she hopes to get people of all abilities learning how to surf.
‘I think some people think “Oh no, I’ve got a certain disability, I can’t do that” but I want people to think “Yes! It doesn’t matter what disability I’ve got, I can do it!”’, says Hayley.
With the help of Fixers, Hayley has created a video advertisement put out to encourage people with disabilities to come down to the beach to learn to surf. Her story, which you can watch above, was shown on ITV News West Country in September 2010.
‘Anyone can enjoy surfing, whatever their abilities or disabilities’, says Hayley on the reasons behind why she set up the campaign. ‘Everyone can get in the water and have a nice day.’
Mark Hill, director of Freedom Surf, supports Hayley’s project and says: ‘Surfing for disabled people is brilliant because it’s good for the mental wellbeing and general fitness.
'You get to meet people from all different walks of life. In the water, there is no such thing as a disability.’
Despite some initial apprehensions, all those who took part enjoyed their surfing lessons.
‘It’s just the feeling of the freedom of the water,’ described one participant. ‘It’s you, the surfboard and the water – no one else. It’s just amazing.’
Following the success of her lessons, Hayley plans on hosting a surfing competition to take place in October.