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First EVER Maui Adaptive

"Maui surf bash hosted the first Adaptive contest ever in Maui last weekend. Some of the Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team came in from Oahu to surf Hookipa! The Maui water community came out in full force to help the athletes and put out so much Aloha. I feel so blessed to be part of this journey every time I get out in the water." -Josh Bogle

"The biggest cheers were for the adaptive surf final. It was the first time a Hawaii Surfing Association-sanctioned Maui meet had ever had an adaptive division.

It was gnarly conditions for any kind of heat, but the adaptive surfers — with a posse of local surfer-helpers — braved the close-out, rainy morning conditions and caught plenty of waves in their 20-minute heat.

Alicia Neto won the adaptive kneel division. He has been adaptive surfing for 32 years. The native of Brazil, who now lives on Oahu’s North Shore, lost his left leg when he was struck by a drunk driver while riding a motorcycle."

“It was a little big for adaptive surfing, but it was an amazing day,” Neto said. “I’m very glad I got here today for the first adaptive surfing on Maui. So thankful, it’s a big thing in my life.”

-Quote from MAUI NEWS NOW

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