Wrightsville Beach (North Carolina) is a small surf town of 2,000, that keeps kids and adults with special needs at heart. Named as one of the World’s 20 Best Surf Towns by National Geographic, this place is not only easy to get to, but even easier to remain in.
Each year Wrightsville Beach hosts a surf camp for those with special needs. This year’s special needs surf camps starts on May 18, 2013 and will kick off with Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation Life Rolls On
, for people with spinal cord injuries. The camp registration is free and it attracts dozens of participants and hundreds of volunteers including pro surfers Cory Lopez and Garrett McNamara, and Jesse Billauer, founder of Life Rolls On.
Life Rolls On is one of many custom curriculum camps directed by Ocean Cure
. Others uplift Wounded Warriors, breast cancer and HIV patients, the visually impaired, gang task force outreach and more. Because of the sensitive nature of these special groups, some camps are not posted on the schedule.
IndoJax Surf Charities
will be holding their most popular Wrightsville Beach event – the 5th annual Visually Impaired Surf Camp from July 15 to July 19. IndoJax Surf Charities is a nonprofit organization led by Jack Viorel, that commits resources to surf camps including the hearing impaired, Burmese refugees, Wounded Warriors.
Families with children with autism are also welcomed to the surf cam and may want to register for Surfers Healing on August 19. Founded in California by professional surfer Izzy Paskowitz for his son, Isaiah, who was diagnosed with autism, Izzy discovered the positive impact that surfing had on his son, and now shares this unique therapy with other children diagnosed with autism.
In September, IndoJax will also team up with Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program to offer a unique Surf/Horse Camp now in its second year. Held on the West Coast in Half Moon Bay, California and on the East Coast in Wrightsville Beach, the Surf/Horse Camp is inspired by Rupert Isaacson’s quest to find treatment for his son’s autism chronicled in the autobiography “The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son.”
Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp Calendar
May 18: Life Rolls On (Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation)
IndoJax Surf Charities
May 28-30: Boys and Girls Club
June 15: Burmese Refugees Surf Camp
June 24-27: Children from Belarus
July 8-11: Juvenile Diabetes
July 15-19: Visually Impaired
Aug 5-8: Clara Eppes Memorial Surf Camp for the Hearing Impaired
Aug. 19: Surfers Healing
Aug. 20-22: Autism Camp
Aug. TBA: Cystic Fibrosis
Sept. TBA: Surf/Horse Camp with Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program and The Horse Boy Foundation.