Breaking the Barrier


Event Dates – 2017:

Surfing at Saunton: Saturday 1st July

Cycling at Torbay Velopark: Saturday 29 July

Trampolining at Bodmin Ibounce: Saturday 5th August

Surfing at Bigbury: Sunday 3rd September


2017 is Breaking the Barrier’s 10 year anniversary. To celebrate and by popular demand we have added two new sports to create a triathlon of events: Cycling, Trampolining and Surfing. Young people who participate in all three will be awarded a triathlon certificate – hopefully by a member of Team GB on Bigbury Beach on Sunday 3rd September! Breaking the Barrier is a participatory event – where in families (parents, carers and sibling) are welcome to have a go too.

Breaking the Barrier is offered free of charge and we are now taking bookings for all five events (please note priority will be given on cycling and Trampolining events for families wishing to participate in the triathlon challenge.

This year we are also developing a Breaking the Barrier training offer and tool kit to help local schools and community groups who support learning disabled children and young people to participate in adventure sport – to find out more contact


If you have any questions regarding the events, please contact Sarah-Jane:
Tel: 01803 861 060

Please note that advance booking is essential. 


We are thrilled that Breaking the Barrier is one of this year’s winners of the Aviva Community Fund’s top awards, and would like to thank Aviva for this opportunity, which has allowed us to grow the event in so many ways this year. To find out more please click here or you can find our original winning application with the project details here.


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, Bodmin in Cornwall, and Torbay.

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!”

Please note that advance booking is essential.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on or 01803 861060