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The world’s top surfers with physical challenges — many missing arms or legs — will meet in La Jolla this week in an international championship event.

The World Adaptive Surfing Championship takes place Thursday through Sunday at La Jolla Shores beach with teams from France, Australia, Chile, Brazil, South Africa and the United States.

Dani Burt, who lost her right leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident 12 years ago, will represent the United States, filling the woman’s slot on the eight-member team.

“The 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship is creating waves around the world and inspiring the growth and development of new adaptive surfing programs and championships,” said Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association.

“It is amazing to watch the increase in global access and participation of the sport introducing athletes with physical challenges to surfing and its healing powers,” he added.

There are separate events for surfers who must kneel, who ride lying down, who are visually impaired, or who need other assistance.

Athletes will gather on Thursday for a 2:30 p.m. parade in Kellogg Park. The competition takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.