Cornish surfer makes history at World Championships

Melissa Reid took gold on the last day of the competition. Credit: International Surfing Association

A surfer from Cornwall has made history by becoming the first ever Visually Impaired Women's world champion.

Melissa Reid took a gold medal at the International Surfing Association World Championships in California over the weekend.

It was her first international surfing competition, but she is no stranger to competing at the highest level.

Reid also took home a bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.

“This is my first international surfing competition, so it feels amazing to come out here and win this world title,” said Reid.

“I came here thinking that I would just be surfing against the guys, but knowing that there are enough visually impaired women for a separate division is incredible.

“I hope that my performance gets more visually impaired girls and guys out in the water.”

Reid says she is hoping her performance will inspire others. Credit: International Surfing Association