Cape Town adaptive surfer Ant Smyth crowned world champ



Cape Town adaptive surfer Ant Smyth in action. Picture supplied.

Cape Town adaptive surfer Ant Smyth in action. Picture supplied.

‘I’m so happy to have won the world title, especially against tough competition in a close heat.’

The South African Adaptive Surf Team returned home last week after a successful trip to the United States competing in the World Adaptive Surfing Championships.

With a record number of entries from 24 countries, the city of San Diego played host to the event.

There were multiple categories at the event ranging from Visually Impaired (AS-VI) to the least mobile category for quadriplegics (AS-5 Assist) in the five-day event.

Cape Town adaptive surfer, Ant Smyth, was in a class of his own as he claimed the gold medal and the title of World Champion in the AS-1 division.

“I’m so happy to have won the world title, especially against tough competition in a close heat,” Smyth said. “It is very rewarding.

The second medal won by South Africa was from the youngest team member, Grace Anderson, who earned a well deserved silver medal and the first for a South African female adaptive surfer in the AS-1 category. “The moment I realised I’d won the silver medal was the moment I was sure I was dreaming,” said Anderson.

“Finishing second in the world among a record number of women made it all the more special. The whole experience made me incredibly proud of being beautifully flawed.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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