Check out this video featuring adaptive surfers Parker and Hunter sharing how Beach Trax helps them do what they love.
This summer, Access Trax was an event partner for the 2019 Switchfoot Bro-Am, a benefit surf and music festival that gives back to local charities.
The 15th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am event raised $150,000 for 6 charities, including the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Feeding San Diego, and Stand Up for Kids Oceanside.
Recap of the 3rd Annual U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championships
The 3rd Annual U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championships powered by the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences was nothing short of amazing.
If you stopped by the Oceanside pier between September 26th and 29th, the set up of the US Open ASC was sure to catch your eye. There were branded tents everywhere, palm-tree lined accessible walkways, and plenty of professional adaptive surfers of all ages. This year, over 100 competitors from countries around the world battled for their shot at a title and cash prizes. Oceanside's ever-changing surf made conditions tough, but it did not keep the surfers from charging. The volunteers were incredible both on land and in the water making sure everyone was safe and had their best competitive edge.
Representatives from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) were present to assist with athlete classification since the sport of adaptive surfing is growing and will be added to the Paralympics in the years to come. Young competitors with dreams to be in the Paralympics showed up in full force. It is always great to watch the mentorship and camaraderie between everyone, young and old. Mark your calendars because next year's event is scheduled for September 10-13, 2020!
Jose, a U.S. Veteran, (above, left) shared his stoke all weekend at the event and won the well deserved Jay Liesener Award. Mark "Mono" Stewart (above, right) pulled off a hat trick and won first in the kneeling division for the third year in a row.
A view from the Oceanside pier
Access Trax Helps Make Beach Wedding Accessible
Recently, a couple rented Beach Trax to make their beach wedding reception accessible to all guests including family members who use mobility devices. The ceremony was beautiful and unique! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Stevens for allowing us to be part of your special day!
The surf clinic powered by the VA and AmpSurf took place September 16-20th at La Jolla Shores.
The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic occurs in San Diego each year during September, with exciting sports such as sailing, surfing, kayaking, and cycling. The event is aimed at providing an innovative platform for veterans and healthcare providers to explore leisure pursuits to reinforce rehabilitation, health, and the pursuit of a rewarding lifestyle.
Beach Trax was used as the accessible pathway at La Jolla Shores all week long. It was incredible being part of this event with the veterans, AmpSurf, the VA, and other volunteers! We look forward to next year's event already.
2019 Walk and Roll San Diego
The 3rd Annual Walk and Roll Abilities Festival hosted by the Gurmilan Foundation was a huge success.
It was a beautiful day at the Marina View Park in Chula Vista for the event. The 5k and 1k run/walk for all abilities featured live music, a carnival, and food for everyone to enjoy. All profits benefitted the Gurmilan Foundation's scholarship grant program in San Diego, the Surf Therapy program in Baja California, and other activities to empower people with disabilities. During the event, the Foundation presented 8 scholarship grants to community members, including local adaptive surfer groms Hunter Pochop and Parker Olenick, members of the Stoke for Life Junior Adaptive Surf Team.