OUR STORY

Handi Surf Organization is above all ”a great story of friends and surfers”. It has come alive a little by chance in 2008 and got inspired by the discovery of similar action already existing in Mexico. First actions have been lead in help of 10 children suffering from autism. The challenge, taken up by the two founders ’ organization and friends - François Gouffrant and Jean-Marc SAINT GEOURS - was not a slam dunk: first initiation with a child has end with few minutes slide and an awesome moment, after almost one hour building sand casttles. Few minutes to make this great adventure last since 2008!


First steps have been handled with the organization ”Waves and Children” who was helping children with autism to surf. From 2012 we have open it to all disabilities, pathologies and chronic diseases. The existing Handi Surf Organization was born!

Since its creation in 2012, the Handi Surf Association has been devoted to "ensure that the greatest number of people with disabilities can surf".
 
The Organization's project is built up locally by a network of surf clubs and surf schools welcoming people with disabilities to permit a mixed approach practice.

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LABELLED STRUCTURES

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PRIZES

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INITIATES

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TRAINED INSTRUCTORS

OUR VALUES

SHARING
Share the ocean and the passion of a sport with a population departed from the activity.
Mixed approach
Have disabled and able-bodied people practise together in a mixed approach.
NON-DISCRIMINATION
Fight against stigmatisation and "ghettoization" of disability.
SOLIDARITY
Share values rooted in generosity and solidarity.
TRANSVERSALITY
Talking to all people with disabilities, regardless of the disability.

OUR MISSIONS

1

TRAIN

Training for instructors (surf instructors and sport teachers) to welcome and go with people with disabilities with a specific teaching created and experienced by the organization.

2

LABEL

Give a specific label to facilities that welcome people with disabilities. Insure the best support to people within the program. Identify professional facilities that welcome people with disabilities. Protect and maximize the Handi Surf methodology.

3

SUPERVISE

Offer to people the chance to participate to different activities in a great environment “the ocean ». Adapt and ensure full security to people who practice with the professionalization of monitors.

4

INLCUDE

Lead projects to include people with disabilities with able-bodied people. Participate to change society’s attitude about disability.

5

DEVELOP

Promote a proven expertise in France and abroad by duplicating the Handi Surf model. Help developing contests for people with disabilities for /and in partnership with the French Surf Federation.

OUR TEAM

François Gouffrant

Director of the Delay clinic, co-founder of the association "Waves and Children", big waves surfer and competitor, former member of the French Surf teams.

Jean-Marc Saint-Geours

Former competitor and former national and international surf judge, and vice chairman of the French Surf Federation. Holder of BPJEPS Surf, CSAIPSH Surf and DU Autisme, he is also the author of the Handi Surf training.

Jean-Marc Saint-Geours

Director, Founder
Sebastien Lacombe

Podiatrist, and former national and international bodyboard competitor (participation to the Hawaii World Bodyboard Championships, Pipeline 1996) and dropknee competitor.

Sebastien Lacombe

General Secretary
Cathy Dumas

Chief accountant of the Delay clinic, and former professional fencer.

Franck Lacaze

Journalist and surf commentator, former member of the France Surfing teams.

Franck Lacaze

Board Member
Gautier Garanx

PULSE Surf School director, holder of BPJEPS Surf and Handi Surf qualification, big wave surfer and winner of the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award.

Gautier Garanx

Board Member
Philippe Inchaurraga

Former pelota player.

Dominique PINTO<div>& Jacques URQUIA</div>

Media Volunteers.

Danny Chamorro

Handi Surf qualified surf instructor.

Danny Chamorro

Handi Surf qualified surf instructor
Julien Caste

Lehena Surf School Co-Director, qualified teacher in charge of BEE-Surf, disability sport specialist, coordinator holder of BPJEPS Surf, CSAIH Surf, and DU-Autism.

Julien Caste

Sports Trainer
Marianne César

Psychology Doctor in Anglet, surfer and Handi Surf trainer.

Marianne César

Psychologist

OUR AMBASSADORS

François Gabart

Pauline Ado

Laury Thilleman

Juan Arbelaez

Mathieu Crepel

Antoine Delpero

Damien Castera

Fred David

Romain Laulhé

Kim Veteau

Eric Irastorza

Vincent Duvignac

Pierre Rollet

Maxime Castillo

Amaury Laverhne

Neis Lartigue