Resilience and determination
After an accident in 2013 left Sam Bloom paralysed from the waist down, she took it upon herself to slowly get back into the life-long hobbies she had always held most dear. As a self-confessed tomboy and lover of all things sun, salt, sea and sand, it was only fitting that the mother of three returned to the water.
From competitive kayaking to global surf comps, Sam found a place within the Australian team, competing at the nudie Australian adaptive surfing title. This event aims to not only crown Aussie champions but gather the adaptive surfing community together, to develop the sport at any and all levels. Sam has since won two-world championships amongst a number of additional accomplishments. Here she talks to nudie about her accident, her recovery and that sweet feeling of freedom among the waves.