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Blind Students Take to the Waves in California

Blind SurferHave you ever imagined what it would be like attempting to surf if you could no longer see? What if since the very day you were born you had never seen a wave, the ocean, or anything else for that matter? What would the sensation be then of standing on a surfboard and riding a wave? If you would like to find out, just ask 12 yr. old Lupita Salazar, one of 13 students from Braille Institute’s Youth and Career Services Program in Los Angeles that were given free surf lessons at Manhattan Beach on Wednesday.

An article in the L.A. Times tells the story of this remarkable day at the beach for these 13 brave surfers. Kanoa Aquatics, a surf camp in Manhattan Beach not only provided the lessons free of charge, they provided an inspirational story of children taking on the unknown bravely and courageously.

To get just a feel of what it might be like to surf without the benefit of having your vision, next time you paddle out take a wave in and close your eyes at the point of take off. Having tried that very thing today, I can tell you firsthand it’s not a comfortable thing to do. With the children that went to the ocean to try their hand at surfing, this is the way they have lived most, if not all of their lives. Even so, for 12 yr. old Lupita, this didn’t phase her a bit. “My mother says I do stuff no one else dares to try,” said Lupita. And your mother is 100% correct Lupita.

Posted by Shaun on Friday, August 8th, 2008 in Surfing.

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