I had an amazing day at AccesSurf, a non-prophit organization that empowers people with disabilities by providing adaptive surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation and enriches lives by helping families to access the beach and ocean in a barrier free environment. The beach day is held every first Saturday of the month at White Plains Beach, Kalaeloa HI.
I was able to get in the water and swim for a bit with the help of a beach wheelchair and friendly volunteers. There were small waves making the ocean a little choppy but it felt great being in the ocean again. I haven’t been swimming in the ocean for a few years and have mostly been swimming in pools. After swimming I transferred back into the beach wheelchair with large balloon tires for negotiating the sand and was helped back to the tents to get a surfboard.
I paired up with a volunteer and we paddled out together. It felt great to catch a few waves, something I always miss. Growing up here in Hawaii I’ve surfed most every day of my life until my accident. I caught a few waves from the outside all the way to shore then went in to take a break. After getting some food and drinks I paddled back out for a couple more waves before heading back home.
It was such a great day meeting wonderful people and hanging out with friends. I’m looking forward to next months first Saturday event! Aloha
Posted on March 2, 2013, in Surfing, Text and tagged AccesSurf, C-6, damon boiser, Disability, hawaii, Quadriplegic, sports, Surf, wheelchair, Wheelchair user. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.