High Fives Athletes’ Transformative Surf Camp Experience in Santa Cruz

As summer arrives, the High Fives Foundation gears up for an exciting season of camps, providing individuals with unique opportunities to participate and compete in various adaptive sports. Among these exhilarating experiences is a recent surf camp held in Santa Cruz, California. For 15 adaptive athletes, including five first-timers, this camp became a gateway to rekindling their love for the ocean and rediscovering the healing powers of the waves. Join us as we delve into the unforgettable moments shared by these High Fives athletes during their surf camp adventure.

Ryan Bodine’s Enthusiasm

One of the highlights of the camp was witnessing athletes like Ryan Bodine, who had an incredible time surfing the waves of Santa Cruz. The camaraderie among the athletes was infectious as they shared the excitement of learning to surf together. For Ryan, it was heartwarming to see newcomers find joy in being in the water and taking on the challenge of surfing with determination.

Eric Wang’s Unforgettable Experience

Surfing alongside the High Fives crew left Eric Wang in awe. The opportunity to connect with fellow High Fives athletes while catching waves in the picturesque setting of Santa Cruz was truly a dream come true. After the camp, Eric couldn’t wait to jump back into the water, eagerly looking forward to the next surfing adventure.

Chris Waker’s Gratitude

Chris Waker expressed immense gratitude to the High Fives Foundation for allowing him to embrace the healing powers of the ocean. Surfing had been his passion before facing challenges, and being able to surf again filled him with joy and fulfillment. Chris cherished the supportive community of volunteers and like-minded individuals who shared his passion for overcoming obstacles and living life to the fullest.

Mason Branstrator’s Exhilaration

For Mason Branstrator, surfing at the camp was nothing short of exhilarating. Since his paralysis, he hadn’t experienced anything quite like the rush of riding the waves. The unexpected delight came when he spotted his best friend from rehab, Chris Waker, surfing beside him, creating a heartwarming moment of camaraderie and shared triumph.

Surfing at Santa Cruz became a testament to the transformative power of adaptive sports. The High Fives Foundation, with the support of waterman extraordinaire Rob Jarvis and a dedicated team of watermen and volunteers, made this dream a reality for the athletes. The camp proved that with determination, support, and passion, adaptive athletes can excel in any sport they set their minds to.

The recent surf camp in Santa Cruz was a celebration of resilience, camaraderie, and the unwavering human spirit. Through the medium of adaptive sports, these High Fives athletes rediscovered their love for surfing, formed lasting connections with fellow athletes, and embraced the empowering feeling of catching waves once again.