Friday, 17 April 2015

Get super stoked and go adapted surfing

Adapted surfing

You were once a keen surfer but tragically lost the use of your legs? Don’t despair, you can get back on that surfboard, dude! Or you want to experience being on a board catching some waves for the first time? With adapted surfing you sure can. Blind? Deaf? Paraplegic? Quadriplegic? You too can enjoy the thrill of riding a board in the majestic shore break of the ocean.

The board

The boards are modified to enable the surfers to enjoy this exceptional experience. Altered in different ways depending on the physical limitations these boards can have straps attached or grab handles among other modifications.

Benefits

The awesome ocean offers amazing powers for the soul, mind and body. Enjoy the lovely therapeutic benefits that being in the ocean gifts upon anyone who enters the water. Surfing is an epic way to spend your time outdoors, and is a big time stress reliever.

Surfers with disabilities

Chris Irwin broke his neck in a swimming pool accident yet is still surfing. With some help from his buddies he was able to accomplish surfing one of the worlds’ most famous breaks, Cloudbreak in Fiji.

Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton, lost her arm in a shark attack while surfing when she was a kid. Today she still enters the water to surf one armed.

Greg

Watch the video of Greg Faure surfing, who featured in our EpicEnabled blog earlier this year.


Here is Gregs’ story if you haven't already read it.


Surfing Dog Ricohet

Even this epic surfing dog Ricohet loves the thrill of riding waves. A golden retriever who has been catching waves since she was 8 weeks old, she helps people with disabilities surf by adjusting her balance on the board to keep the surfer up.

Maybe our very own Cosmo would like to give it a go?

Surfing is an exciting challenge for anybody regardless of disability or not.  It gets the adrenaline pumping and gives someone the sense of freedom. A wonderful water sport loved by many people across the globe and you too can enjoy its magic.

Surf Slang

Agro – Bad and aggressive attitude in the water.
Amped – Excited about something.
Brah – A word originated from Hawaii to refer to a surfer friend.
Gnarly – Bad surf conditions.
Sick – Term used when someone does something impressive.
Stoked – Happy or excited.
Wipe-out – Fallen off the surfboard.


Surfs up bro!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Buffalo Weaver - Part 2 of Africa's Little 5

A White-headed Buffalo weaver.
The Buffalo Weaver

There are two types of Buffalo weavers, the Black Buffalo Weaver which is black with white in their wings and are the more commonly found out of the two. The other is the White-headed Buffalo Weaver is brown and white, with a red. They often follow herds of buffaloes and this is where the name Buffalo Weaver comes from.

Buffalo Weavers are bulky birds and are the biggest out of all the weavers measuring up to 24 cm in size.

Habitat
A red-billed Buffalo Weaver.

Found in dry areas such as dry bushy and thorny savannah's, they build communal nests about 2 – 4 metres above the ground in the trees above. They are messy nest builders, with both sexes taking a part in the building of the nest. Their nests are made out of sticks and thorns with several entrances. These nests can be enormous!

There are often more than just one nest in a tree and each nest can have different compartments which can house 2 or more pairs of Buffalo Weavers.

Buffalo Weaver nest.
Behaviour

Buffalo Weavers are loud and noisy birds with a range of calls and sounds which they make. Being territorial they often get aggressive when intruders of other birds enter their area, they will then display their unhappiness vocally. These birds can hang upside down much like parrots can.


Diet

They enjoy munching on grass seeds, small insects and small fruits. These birds often feed off the ground in noisy flocks among herds of buffaloes. Buffalo Weavers use their strong bills to crack open hard seeds to enjoy.

Reproduction


The female Buffalo Weaver lays 3 or 4 eggs which are pale blue in colour with brown and olive markings. The little ones develop within the eggs for up to between 11 to 14 days. Once the chicks hatch they are fed a diet of insects and small seeds mostly by the female but sometimes by both parents. After about 3 weeks, they leave the nest to live out their own lives in the plains of Africa.

White-headed Buffalo Weavers hanging out.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Awesome inclusive parks for children with special needs

Play is the work of childhood.

Every child deserves a playground to do what a child does best – play!

However kids with disabilities often don’t have the luxury of enjoying time in the playground.

Imagine a place where both able bodied children and those with disabilities could play together.

Those parks do exist (although there are not enough) where all children can play happily and safely together, laughing and smiling, discovering and learning, while their parents look on with utter delight.

Known as inclusive playgrounds, they are designed and equipped in such a way as to allow children of all disabilities and special needs, or those able bodied children to experience playtime.

Play equipment

Roundabouts can have wheelchair friendly spaces, or seats for children to seat on as well as standing spaces for able bodied children.

Adaptive swing.
Swings are adapted to put wheelchair users in or strap kids safely in.

Wheel-through arcade, this is a spin on the more traditional monkey bars. A wheelchair fits within the width of the arcade, and they can pull themselves through.

Always accessible routes to equipment for the children to easily access to enjoy their fun on the playground. There are often ramps put in place for wheelchair using children.

Best Inclusive playgrounds