Local nonprofit hosts surfing clinic for people with disabilities

Posted at 10:54 PM, Jun 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-10 01:54:57-04

A local nonprofit, AmpSurf, is making it possible for people with disabilities to ride the waves through adaptive surfing.

The company held it’s Learn-to-Surf clinic in Pismo Beach on Saturday. More than 25 participants surfed from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

The founder of the company, Dana Cummings, says he always wanted to succeed at surfing before he lost his leg in 2002, which is 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 in its 16th year. There’s another clinic planned for Saturday, July 7.

To participate, volunteer, support or get more information about AmpSurf, click here.