Interview: Pascale Honore of Duct Tape Surfing

DucktapecoverA few months ago while browsing Vimeo for new surfing videos, I ran across the incredible story of Pascale Honore and Tyron Swan, two Australian surfers with the most inspiration and uplifting story I have seen in a while. A tragic accident left Pascale a paraplegic and temporarily ending her surf dreams. But with the help of family and friends, particularly Tyron, and a roll of duck tape, Pascale was back in the water and lifting spirits worldwide. We spoke with Pascale about surfing, becoming an inspirational figure, and what’s next for her.

Can you describe the first time you surfed duck taped to Tyron? The first time I surfed with Ty was incredible, exhilarating, the sound, the colours and it’s as exciting every time!

Your love for surfing is tremendous. How has it shaped you to be such a strong person? I love the ocean, its power humbles me, I guess I’ve always decided to overcome obstacles and I love getting up every day to see what the day has to offer.

Did you ever think your story would be shared around the world? How do you feel knowing your courage has touched so many lives? We did it for fun and as a challenge for Ty, we didn’t think it was incredible until the world thought it was. Now I want to tell people to have dreams and make them happen.

What words of wisdom can you share with others who want to surf but might have a disability, or even fear of surfing? If there is a will there is a way! To me, life is a team effort, cooperation not competition.

What’s the next adventure for you and Tyron? Next adventure is a barrel!

Watch their amazing story here.

Duct Tape Surfing from Mark Tipple on Vimeo.

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