It’s not a simple matter of slipping on a wetsuit and jumping into the drink for Pascale though. In order to surf Pascale needs the help of local surfer, Tyron Swan. 

Pascale is helped into a backpack with leg holes cut into it, Tyron puts on the backpack and with a little help from a friend a whole roll of duct-tape is wrapped around the two.

The idea came about, as most great ideas do, after a few drinks in the pub. Despite having accepted that she would never walk again, Pascale was determined to try surfing. Tyron, a good friend of her sons, thought he’d be a good contender to surf with Pascale on his back.

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Despite disbelief from just about everyone who heard the idea, Pascale and Tyron managed to catch their first wave with the help of a tow-in from a jetski.

Since then they’ve been practicing together and perfecting their technique. They’re currently planning a trip to the West Australian Coast in an old mini bus with a wheelchair lift.

Pascale and Tyron are hoping for a duct-tape sponsor in the future.

Image: Herald Sun