We established Wave-ability with the goal of empowering people with disabilities and embracing them with a socially inclusive community centered on a love of the sea and the sport of surfing. We believe that people with disabilities, as all people, have the need to feel that they belong and the right to a complete, rich recreational and social life. We believe in the ocean as a unique environment that represents a combination between a physical and spiritual experience and in surfing as an inspiring combination between a personal challenge and team work.
What do we do?
With the help of modified surfboards, specialized surfing techniques, dedicated teams of volunteers and a personalized approach, we empower people with disabilities to get to the water, become part of a team and experience the ocean by tackling an extreme sport like surfing.
Inbal Reichler, the founder and chairman of Wave-ability, is an architect, a surfer and a disabled IDF veteran. Inbal was injured at the age of 18 in a live-fire drill, an injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair. Her dream was to return to the water. Three years ago, using a specially modified surfboard, she was able to realize that dream. She found that being in the water gave her a freedom of movement and body control that being in a wheelchair deprived her. She understood that her mission was to allow others who shared her fate to experience riding the ocean waves and leaving the physical limitations behind.
Making the ocean and watersports accessible to people with disabilities
Embracing people with disabilities, including them in recreational activities as part of our community
Empowering people and encouraging personal development through watersports and surfing
Activities planned for 2022
Operating multiple surfing groups for adults and children with physical, mental and sensory disabilities
Production of additional modified surfboards for different types of disabilities
Accessible, community beach events that incorporate people with various levels of abilities and disabilities
Inclusive educational program- involving teens with disabilities and at-risk teens (a joint program with the Gal Sheli organization
Community-building events: Workshops (high-waves, kayaking), beach retreats, social meetups.
In order to conduct a wide range of activities and make them available to an increasing number of people from all parts of Israel, Wave-Ability needs support from private donors and organizations who believe in our vision and goals. We accept direct contributions and/or sponsorships for specific activities or events.
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