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Hello, October.

Another month means another update! We hope you've had a great September. Here's what we've been up to:

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15th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am at Moonlight Beach

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.
View from the cliff of a crowded beach with a grey pathway from left to right.
A male surfer and young female adaptive surfer are about to high-five in the water.
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

An adaptive surfer with left prosthetic leg wearing a yellow surf jersey and a man holding the Hawaii flag pose in front of the event banner on the beach.
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!
A surfer wearing a red helmet and blackwetsuit catching a wave while prone (lying down) on the surf board.
A surfer wearing a green rash guard kneeling on the surf board leans in to catch a wave.
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 scene of the beach shore with colorful pop up tents at the competition area.
A view from the Oceanside pier

Access Trax Helps Make Beach Wedding Accessible

A beach wedding ceremony with guests watching the flower girls walk down the aisle.
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!
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Recap of the 2019 VA Summer Sports Clinic Surfing

Colorful surfboards on the sand at the beach wit people and military flags in the background.
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.
A man wearing an orange rash guard surfs a wave.
Surf instructors work with a veteran adaptive surfer on the beach to show him how to surf prone (on his belly).
A man wearing an orange shirt with two prosthetic legs poses with a man wearing a blue shirt on a grey beach pathway at the event.

2019 Walk and Roll San Diego

A diverse crowd of people wearing white "Walk & Roll" tshirts walks through the balloon-framed start line at the event.
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.
Beto Gurmilan, Hunter Pochop, and Parker Olenick smile in front of the Walk & Roll map on the grass at the event.
Kelly sits behind the table at the Access Trax booth at the event.

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