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Children in Need Special 2020 - Caswell Bay

In Caswell Bay, Swansea, the team transform a dilapidated, disused bus shelter into the world's first purpose-built, fully adaptive surf centre.

Prepare for spadefuls of community spirit, bucket loads of tear-jerking moments and the chance to witness Nick Knowles in a wet suit. It’s surf’s up when DIY SOS descends on Caswell Bay, South Wales, to build a stunning surf centre for the BBC Children in Need funded charity, Surfability - the country’s first fully-inclusive surf school, who teach disabled children and young people the joy of surfing.

While the DIY team and hundreds of local trades and volunteers build a state of the art surf centre, Nick and designer Gaby meet disabled youngsters, whose lives have been profoundly affected by lockdown restrictions, who get to experience the unadulterated joy of surfing for the first time.

Surfability was founded by Ben 6 years ago; he was determined to shatter the assumption that disabled people can’t surf, and has gone to extraordinary lengths to prove it. Ben and his dedicated team help over 500 people a year and are world-leaders in adaptive surfing, working with the International Surfing Association to develop standards for the sport.

Currently Surfability operates out of a dilapidated and disused bus shelter which lacks electricity, running water and it frequently floods. It’s unfit for purpose and so together with the wonderful volunteers and companies of South Wales, the DIY SOS team build a brand new surf centre, ensuring that Surfability can continue to help disabled people from across the country feel the freedom and unadulterated joy of Surfing.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Giles Palmer, Rupert Pope

    The World Is Ours

  • 00:39




Role Contributor
Presenter Nick Knowles
Series Producer Hamish Summers
Executive Producer Paolo Proto
Director Matthew Skilton


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