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Local Byron Bay surfer, Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart felt it was time to bring a world championship event to Australia to showcase the skills of the world’s best surfers with a disability and in March 2024 this will be a reality.

Byron Bay will host the first international adaptive surfing event, the 2024 Australian Pro, from March 17 to March 22. 

Each day the best surf between Main Beach and the Pass will be chosen for the days contest so get ready to walk Lawson Street to access the daily surf breaks. The comp features over 100 competitors from nine separate divisions to cater for most physical disabilities, including amputation, neurological impairment, paralysation and visual impairment.

The event is an historic moment for the sport and will inspire and raise awareness about adaptive surfing among a wider community, showcasing the talents of athletes competing at the top level.

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