Veteran wave riders, lifeguards, teachers, parents and a bunch of special-ability surfers had a great day in the waves at Ruakaka Beach on Saturday.

Blomfield Special School teachers Chyna Shepherd, left, and Kirsty Hughes, keep an eye on their students.
Blomfield Special School teachers Chyna Shepherd, left, and Kirsty Hughes, keep an eye on their students.

Dozens of people went along to the Ruakaka Surf Day to help at least 15 people with disabilities experience the joy of board riding. The event was organised by Tiaho Trust. As the surf event has proved so popular in the past, spaces were limited and priority given to those who had not tried it before. A beachchair was available to assist people in and out of the water and full support in the water was provided at a level of about three people to one surfer. Photographer Tania Whyte stopped by to take some photos.

Keegan Bridges of Tutukaka gets to his knees.
Keegan Bridges of Tutukaka gets to his knees.
Samuel Cove-Smith going it alone.
Samuel Cove-Smith going it alone.
Ruairidh Morrison gets a great ride in.
Ruairidh Morrison gets a great ride in.