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Local nonprofit hosts adaptive surfing clinic

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jun 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-09 16:33:26-04

A local nonprofit made it possible for people with disabilities to ride the waves through adaptive surfing.

AmpSurf held its learn-to-surf clinic on Saturday in Pismo Beach.

More than 25 people, some local veterans, hit the waves with the help of about 50 volunteers. Some only went in for a few minutes while others participated in every heat.

Founder, Dana Cummings says he always wanted to succeed at surfing before he lost his leg in 2002 so that’s how the program came to be.

"I think it’s huge for folks to know that they can do this type of thing and hopefully, if they surf again, awesome but if they never surf again but they get back into doing what they used to do, try something new, that’s our goal, just to get people active again and focusing on what they can do, not what they can’t do," Cummings said.

The program is now in its 16th year.

There’s another clinic planned for Saturday, July 7. For more information, click here.