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News Archive > General > Hamilton swaps racing for surfing in Newquay

Hamilton swaps racing for surfing in Newquay

By Beth Perry 15th August 2018

Hamilton swaps racing for surfing in Newquay

RACING driver Nicolas Hamilton swapped the race track for the waves in Newquay to get his latest adrenaline rush.
The 26-year-old was given a surfing lesson at Towan Beach by big wave surfer Nic Von Rupp and Mike Young from the Escape Surf School.
Nicholas, who suffers from cerebral palsy, took on the challenge to inspire people to get out there and experience different sports. He was soon standing up on a wave and cannot wait to give surfing another go.
Nicholas,  who is the younger brother of four time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, has come a long way since learning to walk only nine years ago. He became the first disabled athlete to compete in the legendary British Touring Car Championship and has also raced in the Renault Clio Cup. Nicholas now aims to motivate people to push their limits through the support of his sponsors Monster Energy as well as racing on the track.
Nicolas said: “I’m really excited to to get involved in different sports. My story is all about pushing limits. People would not expect someone with cerebral palsy to go surfing. I cannot stand up very well on land let alone stand up on a surfboard in the water but we did well.
“I managed to stand up. It was so much fun. It was great to learn the techniques from Mike and Nic. I reckon with more surfing lessons I will be able to do even betterIt has given me a good foundation to work from. It has been great to be in Newquay and I really appreciate the opportunity I have been given to inspire people to get out there and try different things. I’m super proud.”
Mike said: “Nicholas showed loads of determination and patience. He had loads of willpower to go out there and actually do it and show the doubters that you can achieve anything, whatever your disability.
“It was awesome and amazing for me to actually experience that and be part of it.”
Nic Vonn Rupp, who is from Portugal, also staged the premier of his new surf film titled Rail Road at Fistral Beach Bar during his visit to Newquay. Nic said: “It was great to go surfing with Nicholas. It is always good to pass on your knowledge to get people in the water.
“The premier of my new film went really well. There is a really good vibe in Newquay and a true core surfing community. I always love coming back here.”

By Beth Perry 15th August 2018

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