Oct 8, 2011 8:26 PM by Liza Sullivan

Amputee surfers turn out for 'Operation Restoration'

Veterans and Wounded Warriors made a splash in Pismo Beach Saturday for the 6th-annual Operation Restoration.

"I think it's awesome to see how much impact it has on the disabled people," said Julia Klug, who came from Germany to help volunteer with the Association of Amputee Surfers.

The event is rehab for men and women who are disabled, or suffered injuries while serving the Country in operations overseas.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Courtney Wilson, who is a participant. "Everyone is super happy and cheering for you when you come in."

Wilson came from Manteca to take on the ocean waters off Pismo Beach and experience the thrill of riding a wave.

"I kind of did this to prove something to myself, I'm not as disabled as people think I am," she said.

All the amputee surfers who charged the waves Saturday were an inspiration to the dozens of instructors, volunteers, and spectators who came out to cheer them on.

"we've had kids as young as 6 and guys out here as old as 89," said Dana Cummings, founder of AmpSurf. "If they can do it, you can do it."


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