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Gosh Josh, Raising Up To The Challenge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

At the 2015 inaugural Surf Lifesaving Sports Festival in Beesley’s Point Sea Doo, Beesley’s Point in New Jersey, Josh Shadel was a star.

People are still talking about the experience. Josh, one of our spinal athletes, did the 250-meter open water swim completely unassisted backstroke,” reported event organizer Bruckner Chase. “He then went on to compete in 3 paddleboard heats beating a few non-challenged athletes.

I will be focusing my efforts on developing this program with challenged athletes against the backdrop of surf lifesaving sports. There will be 2-3 of these events in New Jersey next year and I have received requests from Florida to Texas to hold similar events that enable physically disabled athletes to compete side-by-side with other ocean athletes.”

The events included a 250m ocean swim, 350m paddle, 600m surfski/kayak, swim-paddle solo, swim-paddle relay, and the grueling Ocean Hero Challenge (a solo and relay race that includes a continuous Paddle, Swim, SurfSki, Paddle, Swim, and SurfSki).

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