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Frequently Asked Questions

Adaptive Surfers

What equipment should I bring?

A wetsuit, neoprene life vest and beach towels. And if you have your own surfboard, definitely bring that, too! If you don't own a wetsuit, please make plans to rent one from a local surf shop.

I don't swim and I've never surfed before. What limitations would prevent me from being able to participate?

Some of our LRO athletes who have attended for many years cannot swim. We will teach you how to float properly and how to hold your breath in a wave. For the most part, anyone can participate. Even those who have limited or no use of their arms can usually be accommodated. If you are unsure, just come to the beach and check it out. You will be inspired! (Please note: ventilator-dependent individuals may be difficult to accommodate.)

What if I fall off the surfboard?

You will be in the arms of a volunteer immediately, as you are surrounded by an experienced team at every moment. Also, your life jacket will support you. We'll cover this topic and more at the safety briefing on the beach prior to getting in the water. You have nothing to worry about except having the time of your life!

How do I get from the beach to the water?

You will be assisted at all times by a group of LRO volunteers. We use a beach wheelchair to get you from the parking lot to the water's edge; and then we get you onto the board and into the waves.

Is there a private place to change into my wetsuit?

Yes. We choose event locales with private changing rooms and/or private restrooms.

I have special needs pertaining to how I am lifted. How do I communicate this to the volunteers?

 Please speak up at the safety briefing on the beach.