AccesSurf helps individuals with disabilities access the ocean
AccesSurf is a local non-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities access the beach, ocean, and all water sports. AccesSurf began in November of 2006 and started with 5-10 people. Eventually, they grew into an amazing organization with over six programs including Wounded Warrior, adaptive surf and swim clinics, outrigger canoe, adaptive surf team, and an international adaptive surf competition!
Cara Short, Executive Director at AccesSurf, says that the participants reactions are emotional, exciting, and vibrant. “The word we hear a lot is freedom. That’s what we hear a lot. It feels like freedom and peacefulness,” says Cara.
During the pandemic, AccesSurf had to shutdown and pivot their operations to online meetings and 1 on 1 interactions. They are proud to announce that they are slowly, and responsibly, beginning to open with a slightly modified version of their pre-pandemic system. October 9th will be their first “day at the beach” modified program since shutting down!
AccesSurf is celebrating their 15th anniversary with a telecast with Hawaii News Now called Ocean of Possibilities Awards Celebration. The Ocean of Possibilities Award is given to individuals who give back to the community centered around the ocean. This year, AccesSurf is honoring Brian Keaulana and Spike Kane. The telecast will also share the story of what has been done over the last 15 years and the impact it had on the community. Catch the premier on October 4th at 8pm on K5! For more information, please visit accessurf.org.
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