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Encinitas Blind Surfing Event

Lions Club blind surfing event
(McKenzie Images)

San Diego’s visually impaired once again had the opportunity to experience the famous shorelines of North County from a surfer’s point of view at the Sept. 14 Encinitas Blind Surfing Event held at South Ponto Beach in Carlsbad. Blind and sight-impaired, participants were given instruction, and assisted in the water by local surfing instructors and Encinitas Lions Club volunteers as they challenged themselves to balance atop surfboards. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Lions Club International will feature Blind Surfing as its theme for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena.

The Encinitas Lions Club is in partnership with the Swami’s Surfing Association and the San Diego Surfing Academy who donate their time and expertise to offer surfing instruction to members from blind centers throughout San Diego County, including the Blind Community Center of San Diego, the San Marcos Blind Community Center and the La Jolla Leo’s Club For Sight Impaired Teens.

For more information, visit www.lionsclubs.org. Photos by McKenzie Images.


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