Ocean Cure prepares for annual Life Rolls On surfing event


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ocean Cure continues it’s outreach to people with disabilities by hosting the annual Life Rolls On.  They will be helping over 100 people enjoy an epic day in the ocean on August 12.

Kevin Murphy of Ocean Cure says the event is a massive undertaking with “more than 400 volunteers helping make sure everyone gets time in the water.”  The group’s mission statement is “Finding Freedom Through Surfing” and Murphy says it’s the freedom of being in the water that is most exciting for the participants.

“We have about a 20 to 1 ratio of volunteer to participant,” Murphy says, “meaning that when a person gets in the water they are guaranteed to have a fun and safe time.”

Ocean Cure believes in using the healing properties of the ocean for not only physical disabilities, but also emotional trauma and mental impairments.

Through the use of our beach wheel chairs, accessible flooring, and adaptive surf boards, Ocean Cure says there is no beach it can’t make accessible.

The goal of Life Rolls On is to make sure participants learn the beach is 100% accessible for them. They provide adaptive surf boards and assistance in and out of the water. The real fun begins when they hit the waves! Professional instructors discuss and assess the ability of each participant to determine if tandem surfing or solo-surfing will provide the best experience.

Following a fun-filled day in the surf, sand, and sun participants leave with a sense of accomplishment and if nothing else, a good night of sleep!

You can be part of the fun Sunday August 12 at the North Beach Access at Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Beach.  Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and people are in the water between 9 a.m. and 4.

Click here for more information on how to attend or volunteer.

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