Breaking the Barrier


Breaking the Barrier addresses the very real need for sporting opportunities that cater for children and young adults with learning disabilities.

For the past 9 years, we have held free, one-day surf events for learning disabled young people and their families at different locations around the country, hosted by a network of professional surf schools. The events currently take place at Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon, Saunton Sands in North Devon and Polzeath in Cornwall.

These events are not intended to provide formal lessons, but rather to offer the thrill of experiencing surfing and where possible, standing on a surfboard as it catches a wave, with a specialist instructor riding in tandem.

“Our son loves the surfing events. He loves being on or in the water. The volunteers are always amazing. Thank you!”


We are thrilled to announce that Breaking the Barrier is one of this year’s winners of the Aviva Community Fund’s top awards. To find out more please click here or you can find our original winning application with the product details here.

please watch this space for event dates…

Please note that advance booking is essential.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on or 01803 840744