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Scenes like this – people assisting others with disabilities to experience the joy of surfing – are set for Minnie Water beach this Sunday. Meanwhile on Saturday the annual Rob West Dunga Day a Classic Surf Rally hits the water. For those who don’t own a surfboard that fits the criteria, organisers have “the appropriate boards for all those interested who want to have a go”. File image: Lynne Mowbray

Time for smiles on dials

Geoff Helisma Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) Far North Coast Branch’s annual gathering is being held at Minnie Water this weekend February 16 and 17. Spokesperson Daffy Chisholm said Saturday’s event, The Rob West Dunga Day a Classic Surf Rally, “is one of our major fundraising events for the year”. “On Sunday we have the ‘Hands on Day’ gathering for the local and visiting disabled communities at Minnie main beach,” he said Anyone who wants to assist people with disabilities experience the joy of surfing can sign-on at 10am. “Sunday is the Hands on Day and, as usual, we require as many volunteers as we can muster,” Mr Chisholm said. Meanwhile, Mr Chisholm said: “We are looking for a few more starters for the Rob West Dunga Day Classic Surf Rally this year, as numbers have been low the last two years. “Surfers can register on the day, meeting at 7am Saturday at the Minnie Water store.” The Dunga Day classic includes Old Mal pre 1968, Short Board pre 1978, Transitional pre 1970 and Timber Original or Remakes divisions. The $35 entry fee includes “Surf, Lunch, Refreshments, Contestant draw & Giveaways” and the presentation will be held at 7pm at the Wooli Hotel.