UK Surfers Announced for 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championships
Team England Para is gearing up for the 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championships set to unfold at Huntington Beach, California. Arriving in California next week, the UK’s dedicated athletes have poured relentless effort into training over the past 12 months, traversing the globe to compete in various contests throughout the year.
The surf team lineup is brimming with exceptional talent, featuring para surfers who are ready to make a splash at the prestigious event. The roster includes:
- Zoe Smith – Para Surf Stand 2
- Natasha Davies – Para Surf Prone 2 (assist)
- Hannah Dines – Para Surf Prone 2 (assist)
- Melissa Reid – Para Surf VI 2
- Suzanne Edwards – Prone Surf 1 (non-assist)
- Charlotte Banfield – Para Surf Stand 3
- Oliver Jones – Para Surf Kneel
- Martin Pollock – Para Surf Kneel
- Spike Kane – Para Surf Sit
- Mark Hagger – Para Surf Prone 2 (Assist)
- Andy Guy – Para Surf Prone 2 (Assist)
- Stephen Lightbown – Para Surf Prone 1 (non-assist)
- Harlum Lewis – Para Surf Prone 1 (non-assist)
- Dave Jeffries – Para Surf Stand 1
A heartfelt thank you extends to the dedicated team of managers, coaches, and support staff accompanying the squad to California.
The esteemed support team includes Team Manager Phil Williams, Assistant Team Manager Hannah Brand, Coaches Matt Harwood, Matty Hammersley, Jack Patching, Dean Griffiths, and support crew Nick and Dylan Hounsfield, Tom Barber, Grace Griffiths & Marcio Dias.
Special appreciation goes to our headline sponsor, Muscle Food UK. Nick and the entire Muscle Food UK team wish Team England Para Surf Team the best of luck, emphasizing their commitment to grassroots and adaptive sports. The message conveys support not just for success but for the belief in inclusivity and the transformative power of sports for individuals of all abilities.
Reflecting on the previous year's achievement of placing 9th in the world with a silver and copper medal, the team aspires to maintain a spot in the top 10 this year, showcasing the remarkable growth in para surfing. Team Manager Phil Williams expresses honor in serving the team, acknowledging the incredible stories of each surfer and anticipating their efforts to make Surfing England and their country proud.
The event kicks off on Sunday, November 5th, with a parade and the pouring of the sands, concluding on Saturday, November 11th.
10 Over Surf Shop wishes everyone the best of luck!