Our members improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired in many ways. In California, it’s all about heading to the beach!
We sent a film crew to capture an inspiring event hosted by the Encinitas Lions Club. Every year, the Lions give visually impaired people a chance to surf. Many participants have never surfed before, but come for the thrill of a new experience. It takes a team of 8 to 10 volunteers to make it safe for each blind surfer. Volunteers include experienced surfers, surf instructors and many Lions and Leos who just want to help out.
Each surfer begins with a lesson on land before heading to the ocean in hope of catching a wave. Jack Crabtree, a surfer and volunteer, told our camera crew, “It’s just an incredible sensation to watch somebody who can’t see smile and ride a surfboard. You can’t beat it.”