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Ampsurf holds paddle out in remembrance of 9/11

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Posted at 2:29 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 22:31:41-04

Dozens of surfers with Ampsurf paddled out to pay tribute to those who lost their lives 19 years ago.

Ampsurf is a nonprofit that teaches people with disabilities how to surf as a form of therapy.

Dana Cummings, who is the creator of the first Ampsurf group in Pismo Beach, hosted the 16th annual remembrance paddle out on Friday.

This is one of many paddle outs Cummings conducts to help not only remember tragic events such as 9/11, but to help those understand the sport of surfing.

"Our whole goal is to get people to focus on their abilities and we do that through surfing," said Cummings. "Surfing is a sport that most people think they can't do and when we get them out there to try surfing and they realize that they can do it then they know that they can do other things that they thought they couldn't."

There are four chapters of Ampsurf across the country. Last year all the organizations together did a total of 1,000 sessions.