Anything is possible for the twelve children who attended surf camp on Monday at Wrightsville Beach. For some of them it's their second year in a row for surf camp. Hanging ten is hard enough when you can see what you're doing, but when you're legally blind or totally blind it's that much harder. Jack Roach lives in Lexington, NC. Two of his children attended surf camp Monday. "They're photophobic. Where our eyes constrict and dilate my children's eyes just stay dilated all the time with the light coming in. This is really special for my children. I can't even imagine what they're going through while they're out there surfing."
The week long visually impaired surf camp is free thanks to the instructors at the Indo Jax Surf School. Jack Viorel is the surf school director. "It's a commitment we made three years ago to start putting to rest limiting beliefs when it comes to surfing and kids with special needs. We also want to bring surfing to people who wouldn't necessarily have a chance to do it otherwise. Our instructors get just as much of a thrill, if not more of a thrill helping out as they do when they're just surfing on their own."
Ten year old Dyan Ocampo lives in Warsaw. The Duplin County resident told WWAY that he feels the waves. "I feel the wave when it runs. It feels like I'm on the sidewalk with a skateboard." Ocampo admits he's hooked on surfing. He says his instructor constantly reminds him to bend his knees though.
The Indo Jax Surf Camp is part of the Ocean Cure project. The non-profit offers charity surf camps for medically fragile and at risk children including those infected with HIV, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy just to name but a few.
Ocean Cure is able to do this through generous donations from individuals and businesses that contribute to the charity surf programs. For more information check out: http://indojaxsurfschool.com/outreach.php