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Wave of support: Kamakura community group makes a splash with adaptive surfing sessions04:35

Wave of support: Kamakura community group makes a splash with adaptive surfing sessions

Japan, Kamakura
September 13, 2022 at 18:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Yuigahama Beach in Japan's Kamakura was witness to heartwarming scenes on Sunday as dozens of volunteers of a care community helped a group of people suffering from dementia and disabilities surf the waves under a bright late summer sun.

The surfer care community "Nami-nications" was originally a surfing circle formed in 2015 by people who worked in the medical and social sectors in the Shonan and Kamakura areas. The concept of the club was to help people with dementia and disabilities live a cheerful life through surfing and socialising with friends.

"It started about seven years ago as a group of surfers who work in the medical and nursing care fields in Shonan and enjoy surfing," said Yasuhiro Shibata, a representative of Naminications who said many had found about the care community through word of mouth.

Participants were all smiles as they rode the peaceful waves of Yuigahama Beach with one saying, "I hadn't been in the sea in a while, but, you know, I remembered the feeling."

Wave of support: Kamakura community group makes a splash with adaptive surfing sessions04:35
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Yuigahama Beach in Japan's Kamakura was witness to heartwarming scenes on Sunday as dozens of volunteers of a care community helped a group of people suffering from dementia and disabilities surf the waves under a bright late summer sun.

The surfer care community "Nami-nications" was originally a surfing circle formed in 2015 by people who worked in the medical and social sectors in the Shonan and Kamakura areas. The concept of the club was to help people with dementia and disabilities live a cheerful life through surfing and socialising with friends.

"It started about seven years ago as a group of surfers who work in the medical and nursing care fields in Shonan and enjoy surfing," said Yasuhiro Shibata, a representative of Naminications who said many had found about the care community through word of mouth.

Participants were all smiles as they rode the peaceful waves of Yuigahama Beach with one saying, "I hadn't been in the sea in a while, but, you know, I remembered the feeling."