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.
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.
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.
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.
Lead projects to include people with disabilities with able-bodied people. Participate to change society’s attitude about disability.
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.
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-GeoursDirector, Founder
Podiatrist, and former national and international bodyboard competitor (participation to the Hawaii World Bodyboard Championships, Pipeline 1996) and dropknee competitor.