Max’s Kids and PPSC at Ride-A-Wave – A Very Special Day at the Beach
Members of the Pedro Point Surf Club volunteered their time on Sunday June 2nd at Ride-A-Wave (RAW) to help give kids with special needs the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach. For many they say this is one of the best days of their life (!) and not just a special day for the campers, but also for all the volunteers.
Those helping out from our club that day included Izzy Szczepaniak, Greg and Karen Cochran, Sarah Bucini-Lewkowitz, Christina Climer, Myles Kleinfeld and me – Lisa Ryner. We volunteered our time to be beach buddies, surfing assistants, workers at the food table, helpers to divvy out the wetsuits, helmets and life preservers to the kids, as well as participants in the set-up and take-down of the equipment, tents and sand Rambo obstacle course on the beach. In addition, PPSC made a donation of $500 plus another $350 in personal donations from Greg and Karen (!) to help support this 100% volunteer organization.
One of our very own PPSC members, Brennan Duncan, is a special kid who participated for his second time on Max’s Kids Day at Ride-A-Wave. Last year was such a good experience for Brennan that his parents Dave and Diane said that he could hardly wait to do it again this year. I had the pleasure of being Brennan’s beach buddy again this year and I could immediately see the excitement on his face when we hooked-up in the morning. Brennan was “all about” the surfing, but also enjoyed the boogie boarding and kayaking while we strategically waited for the tide to drop before signing him up for the surfing. He got to ride two awesome waves at Cowell’s and was double shaka and all smiles once back on the beach. After all the activities on the beach RAW provided a sandwich lunch followed by an awards ceremony for the kids with medals, t-shirts and a goodie bag. What a day!
Thanks to Danny Cortazzo, a full-time firefighter and paramedic, for continuing to put his heart and soul into this very worthwhile organization he founded in 1998. Since its inception RAW has helped thousands of kids get in the water and have a life changing day at the beach.