A highlight of Thursday's Duke Oceanfest was the final heat of the AccesSurf competition. The local non-profit helps disabled individuals swim and surf.
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AccesSurf athletes competed in a three-day event.
When the non-profit joined OceanFest eight years ago it had less than 10 competitors. Now there are six separate divisions with about 30 participants.
"It has grown in such popularity that in the adaptive surfing community, a prestigious event and so this year we are honored to have different athletes traveling from Australia throughout the United States to of course the Hawaiian islands," said Cara Troy of AccesSurf.
The athletes are able to compete with customized gear.
Depending on the participants' injuries, there are adaptive boards with back rests, handles and padding.