Photo of a beach wedding setup prior to guests arrival. There are rows of white folding chairs on the sand facing the altar with flowers, and a grey beach access pathway leading to the left side of the aisle.

September 2022

Dear Friends,

Summer has proven busy with so many events! Speaking of events, if you're in Southern California, please join us for another Adaptive Sports, Recreation & Resource Fair hosted by the local coalition called MCAP (Mobility Community Access Partners). You'll find more information as you read the newsletter.

August and September happenings we participated in include the National VA Summer Sports Clinic, the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships, a Life Rolls On event, and the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon! Not to mention a beautiful beach wedding we were able to make accessible.

Everything we do is driven by the passion for empowering people to live healthy and active lifestyles without barriers. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate the accomplishments with us and spreading the word about what we do.


CEO Access Trax


Adaptive Sports, Recreation & Resource Fair Oct 16th in Mission Bay

Flyer for Adaptive Sports, Recreation & Resource Fair in San Diego Oct 16th. Has 3 photos showing folks of all ages trying adaptive sports and having fun together.

We heard that the community had so much fun at our June 4th event, that we're going to do it again! The second Adaptive Sports, Recreation, and Resource Fair will take place Sunday, October 16th at North Crown Point Shores in San Diego. The MCAP (Mobility Community Access Partners of San Diego) will co-sponsor this event with the City of San Diego's Therapeutic Recreation Services.

Activities will include basketball, pickleball, boccia ball, handcycling, fitness, martial arts, wheelchair paddle boarding and over-the-line.

This event is free (with registration) and lunch is also being provided by OMBAC (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club).

The event is geared towards individuals who are wheelchair users. Bring your family and enjoy a day of fun right on Mission Bay!

Register to Attend

Recap of the U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championships

Photo of the adaptive surfing championship event at the beach taken from above on the pier. There are lots of colorful pop up tents. People are on the beach and under the tents. Beach mats are visible on the sand.
The 5th Annual U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championships powered by the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences took place in Oceanside California September 8-11th. With 104 surfers from 15 countries, it was a huge success! The action took place just in time for the waves to roll in from Hurricane Kay.
A male adaptive surfer named Jessie Billauer rides a wave prone on his board at a surf competition. He is wearing a helmet, black wetsuit and a yellow rashguard.
A woman carves a wave with her paddle in her waveski during an adaptive surfing contest. She is wearing a red rash guard.
A man and woman, both adaptive surfers seated in manual wheelchairs, smile for a photo at a surf contest on the beach. The pier is in the background.

The event was even more special this year because it was the final event in the first year of the Association of Adaptive Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour. The first event took place in June at the Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championships. In 2023, the AASP World Championship Tour will add a 3rd event- the Australian Adaptive Surfing Championships. The competitors with the highest combined scores from all events in the World Tour will be crowned AASP Champions in each of the nine surfing divisions.

The objective of the A.A.S.P. is to create and sustain an international professional adaptive surfing tour and elevate the sport of adaptive surfing to an elite professional level. It will be the responsibility of the A.A.S.P. to be the international governing body of professional adaptive surfing and its world rankings. It is our intentions with the support of mainstream surf, sports, medical companies, and large corporate entities to elevate this sport to a professional platform and help adaptive athletes reach the goal of becoming professional adaptive surfers.

To learn more about the AASP, check out the website below.
AASP Website
Check out this promo video for the 2022 Visit Oceanside AASP World Championship Tour!

Dream Beach Weddings- Accessible Style!

Photo of guests walking and using their wheelchairs on a portable access path over sand at the beach for a beach wedding.
A couple gets married at the altar of their beach wedding on the sand. There are guests seated and bridesmaids and groomsmen on either side of them clapping. There is a beach pathway leading to the altar covered in burlap fabric.
Planning your special day involves a lot of considerations. Flowers, food, the guest list and more. For those gorgeous outdoor weddings, there's even more to think about. How is the weather going to be? What time does the sun set? One more crucially important factor is accessibility for you and your guests if the terrain will be sand or thick grass, for example.

Access Trax is always honored to be part of couples' special celebration. We have set up for local weddings at beaches and parks here in San Diego, and even rent the mats across the country! Recently, we worked with a family where the groom is a Veteran who uses prosthetic legs, making it extra challenging to walk through sand. His fiancé found Access Trax and they rented the mats for their wedding on Hilton Head Island. They even got creative and covered the mats with a nice burlap fabric to make it blend in with their décor!

We also had the privilege to set up for the Hurd wedding in San Diego this month. Coach Hurd works with the San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey Team, so he was no stranger to accessibility considerations. It's safe to say that the pathway was utilized by every guest, regardless of whether they walked or rolled! Congrats on your marriage, Nick and Rachel!
Guests are taking their seats at a beach wedding on the sand on a sunny afternoon. There are guest using wheelchairs on a portable access pathway shown crossing the sand to the left side of the aisle.
A man wearing a blue suit and bowtie walks down a beach pathway covered in burlap on the sand at his wedding. Behind him are some groomsmen dressed in black suits walking down stairs to the sand.

Restaurant in Detroit Makes Patio Accessible Using Access Trax

Photo of a restaurant outdoor patio with covered roof and gravel floor. Lots of guests are dining at small tables throughout. There is a grey portable access pathway going down the main aisle.
The Coriander Kitchen and Farm has a beautiful outdoor patio. Guests can navigate the gravel floor using Access Trax as needed! The venue also hosts weddings and other events.

Vote for Surf Dog Ricochet for America's Favorite Pet!

A Golden Retriever named Ricochet smiles as she balances on a blue foam top surfboard in the shallow ocean water with adaptive surfer Jose Martinez on the back of the board. She is wearing a pink life vest.
Photo credit: Barbara Gaffen McKown
Ricochet is the first-ever canine assisted surf therapy dog. She balances boards... and lives! You can vote daily for Ricochet throughout the various rounds of this competition for America's Favorite Pet. She can win $10,000 which will help cover her medical expenses due to her recent diagnosis of liver cancer.

Ricochet is famous for being a surfer, but more importantly an intuitive therapy dog. Over her 14 years, Ricki's legacy includes helping service members and veterans with PTSD, wounded warriors and adaptive surfers. Special thanks to her dog mom Judy Frudino for all of her hard work and advocacy that led to Ricochet fundraising over 1 million dollars so far in her lifetime to help others.
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Watch Ricochet Surf at La Jolla Shores, California Aug 13, 2022

Access Trax at the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

A white Pitbull named Faith surfs on a board in the ocean with one of her owners, a young man, right behind her in the water. She is wearing goggles and a green life vest.
On September 18th, Del Mar Dog Beach was home to the 17th Annual Hellen Woodward Animal Center Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. This spectacular event raises money for the nonprofit to continue serving animals in need. Dog owners enter their surfing pooches in the contest for a chance to win donated prizes and bragging rights. Dogs of all shapes and sizes show off their skills in the water and compete in a number of categories. Don't worry, they wear life vests and are "paw-fessionals"!

Access Trax was part of this event in order to provide an accessible pathway to the event stage and awards area on the beach. It was special to hear from the mom of Faith the Surfing Pitbull (pictured above) that the pathway was meaningful for her family because she uses a wheelchair for mobility at this time. Without the pathway, she would not have been able to watch Faith receive an award on stage in person. We hope to continue working with other outdoor events like this to create inclusion!
People are standing on the sand facing an elevated stage at the beach waiting for the awards ceremony at a surf dog competition. There is a portable beach access pathway down one side of the stage and a person is using it with her power wheelchair.
A white lab smiles, laying on a large foam top surf board on the sand as he prepares to go surf. He is wearing a red life vest and a pink rash guard.
A brown dog with white spots and a black dog with white spots surf on a large yellow foam top board in a small wave. They are facing opposite directions and are both wearing life vests.

Did you Hear? The Kelly Brush Foundation Active Project is Live!

Three cyclists and one handcyclist are moving down a road past a red farm house with grass on a sunny day.

You may have heard of the Kelly Brush Foundation- a nonprofit that empowers people with spinal cord injuries to stay active and participate in sports through community events and equipment grants. This summer, the KBF launched another powerful initiative called the Active Project.

The Active Project is built by and for people with spinal cord injuries to grow a community around being active. It provides a single place to find adaptive activities and resources near you, connect with peers with SCI, and share and learn about sports. Click the link below to learn more and join the community!

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A white woman seated in her manual wheelchair smiles for a photo during the award ceremony of a Triathlon and Para Triathlon event at the beach. She is wearing a red and blue triathlon uniform, yellow sunglasses and has her hair pulled back in a pony tail.

"Absolutely love this product. As a wheelchair triathlete and surfer I literally sigh relief when I see this product is being used for our pathways on the sand during competitions. So impressed with how easy they are to roll over. Such a game changer."

-Kayla, Para Triathlete
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