Accessible Beach Rio 2016
To Celebrate the Paralympic Rio 2016, Nissan, in partnership with the NGO ADAPTSURF developed the "Accessible Beach Rio 2016", in Copacabana Beach. With mats and chairs with special wheels, which facilitates locomotion in the sand and water, the activity ensured special moments for locals and tourists with disabilities (physical, hearing, visual, mental and multiple) and was a huge success.
The model Paola Antonini, who lost his left leg in a traffic accident, participated in the initiative: "It is a wonderful project which promotes inclusion. I had never been at sea for surfing, even before the accident. I had never even thought about it. I dare all, I like to do new things every day and surfing is actually a new experience", says the model, which has 1 million followers on Instagram.
Founded in 2007, a pioneer in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, ADAPTSURF is a non-profit association that promotes social inclusion of people with disabilities or reduced mobility, ensuring equal opportunities and access to leisure, sport and culture, through direct contact with nature.
Our proposal is to develop and disseminate adaptive surfing, fighting for preservation and improvements in the accessibility of beaches. We believe that surf can be an excellent tool in the social, cultural and environmental issues because it is a healthy sport, democratic, and with full interaction with nature.
According to the physiotherapist Luiz Phelipe Nobre, the tent on the beach received dozens of people a day. "The salt water relaxes the body, and the waves stimulate the balance. The feeling of freedom, independence and resilience are evident."
- Luana Fransolino Monteiro Nobre
Mrs. Luana Nobre from Adapt Surf - Brazil was in the
Highlight Adaptive Surfing Organizations Meeting