Adaptive Sup Surfer
Rage On with Dean McSporran – Dean is one of Australia’s Top Adaptive SUP Surfers, currently ranked No. 5 in the World.
Dean competes at adaptive surfing competitions throughout Australia and the world. Dean also competes on a regular basis in able bodied competitions up and down the east coast of Australia.
Dean lost part of his left arm 11 years ago in a work place accident. He has always been a keen surfer and with his love of the ocean and waves needed to get back into the water as part of his rehabilitation. He use to ride short boards and a mini mal before his accident and tried getting back on the boards but found it hard to paddle and get to his feet quickly. He tried using bigger boards and even designed a prosthetic arm to help him paddle but found it restrictive. Just to get out in the waves he brought a bogie board but that just didn’t cut it either.
Dean’s wife suggested he give Stand Up Paddle Boarding a go.With the aid of an attachment that connected to his prosthetic arm, he was paddling on flat water in no time then quickly progressed into the surf.
For the past 3 years Dean has been campaigning for SUP to be added to the Adaptive movement that was created 6 years ago but it never involved SUP as a division. As there was no division for SUP Dean surfed in a mixed division with other adaptive surfers.
In September of 2019 at Ocean Side California, the board and directors of the ISA asked Dean and other adaptive SUP surfers to surf in an exhibition of Adaptive SUP surfing with the view of including it in future world titles. From this, Adaptive SUP Surfing is now its own division allowing dean to compete against other Adaptive SUP surfers, including Arm & Leg amputees.
2016/2017 – 1st – Australian Adaptive titles
2017 – 4th mixed division – Hawaiian adaptive titles
2018 – 2nd – Australian Adaptive titles
2018 – 4th – Tradie masters Sydney Able bodied
2018/19 – 3rd SUP division – Club Mal nutrition point score Able bodied
3rd mixed division – 2019 Hawaiian adaptive titles
Professional Kite Surfer
Rage On with Peri Roberts – Peri is Australia’s Top Ranked Womens Kite Surfer, currently ranked No. 5 in the World on the GKA World Cup Tour.
An adventurous and driven young female, Peri has taken her passion for watersports and hunger for a challenge to the World stage. From Newcastle, NSW, she has climbed the ranks of the kitesurfing world at local, state and national competitions. Starting in her mid teens – Peri made a name for herself as the only junior female kitesurfer in the wave riding competition scene. Through her achievements she grabbed the attention of the industry and has continued to rise through the World rankings. Today Peri competes full time on the GKA World Cup Tour which takes her around the Globe doing what she does best – Kitesurfing!
- National Wave Championships 2017 / 2019
- NSW State Titles 2015
- Merimbula Classic 2017 / 2018
- National Wave Championships 2018
- Open Womens Lancelin Ocean Wave Classic 2017
- Merimbula Classic 2019
- Merimbula Classic 2015 / 2016
- GKA World Cup, Sylt 2019