Photography By: Val Reynolds
For the second year in a row the Junior Seau Foundation and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) have made it possible for youth from across the United States (and beyond) to come together in San Diego, California for a three day youth adaptive surfing camp that won hearts and blew minds!
Day one consisted of a morning surf session, where some of the participants have some surfing experience and others were trying surfing for the very first time. After sharing a few waves, everyone headed off to Bird's Surf Shed to learn from the founder, Eric "Bird" Huffman, what it means to be a surfer, both in and out of the water, and everyone got a thorough lesson in surfboards and surf history before heading back to Surf House in Leucadia for some surf videos and a snooze.
The second day of surf camp was jam packed with waves. All the kids had a double session and the progression of their surfing from day one was very impressive. The afternoon ended with a mock competition, so the kids could each surf in an heat and get a bit competitive with each other, all in the name of good old fashion fun.
The grand finale on day three was about as epic as it gets. The Switchfoot Bro Am Surf Contest and Rock Concert partnered with CAF and the young surfers got to surf in an expression session at the event with announcers, judges, and special guest surf coaches, like Rob Machado, Brett Simpson, Yadin Nicol, and the band members of Switchfoot. Plus there was an unforgettable awards ceremony that had the entire audience of 17,000 people going wild for the groms! Sebastian Desposato took home the 1st place trophy for best wave and told the crowd, "It feels awesome to win!".
Check out the Adaptive Surfing Events Calendar for more CAF adaptive surfing events in the near future