AccesSurf has been immeasurable to my family
My first contact with Access Surf was through taking my children out to the program. My wife and I found out about AccesSurf shortly after arriving to the Island and we knew that this was something we wanted to try. Needless to say, the people with AccesSurf were amazing and the faces that stand out were Mark and Tommy. We watched our kids grow and gain confidence by attending the program to the point that all of them have participated in AccesSurf surfing competitions and have even placed. Also, this confidence stands out in so many aspects of their lives- this contribution from everyone at AccesSurf has been immeasurable to my family. So while I was deployed to Iraq, it was not surprise to me that AccesSurf started monthly Wounded Warrior surfing sessions in a huge way. My wife would constantly send me links to articles and video clips of the Warriors and AccesSurf. It always made my day better to see such positive things for our Warriors and I always shared this with the military members I worked with. Their responses were always positive and many times they would say what a great organization it was- especially the service members that were from Hawaii. I had the chance to attend a Wounded Warrior day recently- my first time going to AccesSurf since I returned from Iraq- and was greeted my Mark and Tommy in a way that made me feel like a member of a family and seeing other Wounded Warriors smiling did wonders for my own moral.
Johnny & I went body boarding today after school for fun ….. He is so much better and confident as a result of AccesSurf!! Thank you for all the JOY you bring us!
Toni (Johnny’s Mom)
Thank you for responding to my e-mail, it was lovely to hear from you.
I have enclosed a photo for you. As you can see I have a huge smile on
my face, it certainly was great to get out of my wheelchair and into the
water so once again thank you to all the people who make “a beach
wheelchair” happen, it was one of the highlights of my trip.
A Day at Waimea Bay, North Shore of Oahu
My 75 year old mother, disabled from neuropathy, had a dream to come to Hawaii and immerse herself in its healing ocean waters. We made the trip a family reunion, but unable to walk to the water, she sat on the beach in tears. Then Mark at Waimea Bay came to our rescue. He brought us an Accesssurf dune buggy and surrounded by her grandchildren, she was wheeled into the water. Like a toddler, she was filled with joy by the waves bouncing her up and down. Thank you Accesssurf for giving our family this moment of joy and making my mother’s dream come true!
Today is Tuesday, June 22nd and I was at Waimea Bay today sitting in my wheelchair looking at the blue water and all that sand I could not access… One of the awesome lifeguards saw me and told me they have a beach chair and mats in the sand. Ten minutes later I was at the waters edge. As a person who grew up in the islands and was surfing by age 5 it was very hard to be here and yet be so far away from what I love … the Ocean….
Thanks to Access Surf I got a small taste of my old life.
Mahalo Nui Loa Accessurf.!!!!