'I have found a new passion in my life'
I have found a new passion in my life. I have never been SO thrilled about something before. I've played a lot of sports at high Olympic levels and have traveled the world doing them, but meeting Cara and Accessurf has opened my eyes to see the world and the ocean in a way that has driven me to want everyone to experience what I have in only the short time of 6 weeks I've been surfing with them. It's been 18 years since I've been back in the waters of Hawaii and I wish for nobody to wait that long to enjoy the healing waters of the ocean.
What it does to the mind is indescribable because of the fact that it is the only time you do not need that other half of you that is with you all hours of the day, weeks, years, decades; and that is your wheelchair.
A healthy mind allows a strong heart of confidents to live the life you were born to live, and AccesSurf gives that opportunity to everyone who is willing to just show up to their free events every month. In the water, everyone is the same and there is enough ocean out there for everyone to enjoy it equally. AccesSurf goes above and beyond to let that be known to world. That's is why people already fly to Hawaii from around the world to surf just a 30 minute heat of competition of pure freedom.(AccesSurf hosts an annual adaptive surf competition)
Words can't explain the peace of mind of watching raw nature in it’s true form of the moon setting and the sun rising while catching the glassiest waves that the water provides.
I wish organizations like Accessurf were around the world, so not only for the people that have the means to fly to Hawaii can experience it. Every country with all disabilities need to offer programs of healing and support for those who are not aware that life is far from over, but rather, is just beginning. I believe in what Accessurf stands for and with that being said, I will do everything in my power to grow this organization to as many countries as I can, and I will. Thank you Cara, Volunteers, and Accessurf for changing my life, it's my turn now to do the same.
Kakali/ Zachary Tapec
'He SO loved the experience'
Thank you so much!!! The photos arrived, and I'll wait till Tuesday, when we're home to look at them!!! I just cannot thank everyone at AccesSurf enough for the amazing gift you gave to Michael, my husband, and I today!!! I snapped a picture of Michael being carried down to the surfboard, and can't even look at it without crying tears of complete joy and gratitude!!! As a matter of fact, everyone I've shared it with on Facebook has has the same reaction!! Thanks again!!!
There are no words to express how much the surfing experience meant to Michael... and to our family!! He was fairly active before his accident, and has had to put his social activities aside for quite awhile... And surfing wasn't ever even on his list of things to do!!! But he SO loved the experience!!!! Thank you so much for working with our schedule, and fitting Michael in. We so enjoyed meeting everyone who came out that day to surf with him!! Beau,Matt, Dave and Donovan were so wonderful with Michael. And Jessie is just a sweetheart, and got some amazing photos and video of Michael's experience!!!
'You can do it'
After a massive stroke I thought I would never surf again but words like 'No' or 'Can't' don't exist with AccesSurf. Only compassion, patience and people saying 'You Can Do It!'
Mahalo! Mahalo! Mahalo!
Mahalo! Mahalo! Mahalo! Words cannot express how much we appreciate ALL that everyone did to make surfing an awesome experience for Spencer. He was at his grandparents' house for a family dinner tonight, and I wish you could have seen how his face lit up every time people asked him about surfing. At the end of our vacation, we went through all that we did and asked Spence to pick his favorite part. He definitely indicated it was surfing. All 4 of you are angels, and we feel so blessed that Spence had this opportunity. Some people are just meant to do certain things, and Accessurf is definitely what the four of you are meant to do. You are all exceedingly kind, thoughtful, giving, and wonderful people. You truly blessed our trip.
Please know this will be a special memory for the rest of our lives.
'We had a wonderful day at White Plains beach with AccesSurf '
" We had a wonderful day at White Plains Beach with AccesSurf. For Matthijs it was a breakthrough as he overcame his fear to go into the water. He used to like swimming a lot, but due to a little accident some 16 months ago he refused to swim.
He swam every day in the hotel pool so far, overlooking the ocean and the swimming turtles.
In The Netherlands we will "spread the word" about AccesSurf hoping more people come to know your organization
'No words can describe how thankful I am...'
So much Aloha! No words can describe how thankful I am for all the joy Access Surf Ohana has brought to my life. “Day at the beach” helped my mind to heal tremendously, it’s the best therapy there could be for the mind and soul. Amongst many traits, surfing made me confident to take on new physical therapy challenges without fear to fail. Gave me a new passion that I will forever enjoy. So grateful to Hannah for taking me to your day at the beach for the first time. It was a life changing moment. Please continue to spread the aloha and bring joy to all those in need