A 132km Walk or Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle to Manly Beach, Sydney. This was the 11 day journey that bilateral transtibial amputee Jade ‘Red’ Wheatley recently completed to raise funds and awareness for the Australian Adaptive Surfing Team; which will help him to compete in the upcoming World Titles to be held in the USA. Jade walked, talked and surfed his way down the coastline as he was joined by his friends, family and other surfers at different stages.
The amount of community support particularly that of the surfing community that Jade received throughout the walk was awesome. Unfortunately the weather was not always kind, with it producing the odd day of rain and wind. The numerous Surf Life Saving Clubs became a warm and dry place for Jade to sleep along the way. Both Ian and I were fortunate enough to join Jade for the last leg (no pun intended) of this epic journey, walking the picturesque coastline from Collaroy Beach to the finish line at Manly Beach.
As if this walk wasn’t enough, Jade completed the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb the following day. It was amazing to be able to complete this feat with Jade and 5 other amputees; which included two other APC Prosthetics (Hunter) clients Darryl and Grant.
The Adaptive Surfers of Australia (ASA) encompasses not only amputees but any surfer who has had to overcome a disability in order to get back into the ocean and surf.
If you would like to support the Australian Adaptive Surfing Team please visit the website www.walkforwaves.com to donate.