Peninsula Parents of Special Needs Kids
Dear Ride a Wave,
Our group has been buzzing all week from our wonderful day on Saturday. We shared all our
photos online (tons of them!) and compared experiences. Everyone had an amazing time. We
want you to know how much it means to us that you do this for our kids. You give our families
something much more special than a day at the beach. We are so grateful.
Until next year,
Peninsula Parents of Special Needs Kids (PPSNK)
Comments from the group:
My kids have been saying all week, "I'm not surfing.." Well, sure enough, they did end
up surfing due to their volunteers being so patient and making them feel safe. One of my kids
expressed fear of drowning out there and my other child is so afraid of failure. They both
came away from the experience feeling like a winner with the medal and all! It was an awesome,
memorable day for our family. Thanks for making this happen!
We just cannot say enough 'Thank You" to RAW for organizing such a wonderful event for
our kids. RAW and its volunteers are such amazing people, full of patience, love and
so fun to be with. Since we came back from surfing, my 8-yr-old daughter Nicole has
said several times "I miss John" (John was her beach buddy) - you know our kids, when
they say something, they mean it 100%. Missing someone that she spent only 3 hours
with? I wouldn't have believed it if I wasn't there!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I never thought my little guy would participate so thoroughly
in the days activities. I just couldn't take my eyes off my extrememly happy little boy.
Check him out on the boogie board!@!!!!
- The PROUDEST mom on the planet!
I just want to underscore what has been said about the awesome Ride-a-Wave program we
experienced for the first time this weekend. My son and I enjoyed it beyond what words
can express! it was run and organized so well. thank you for making it all possible!!
Happy Mother's day to all of you awesome women and many thanx for your endless support
..you'll NEVER know!!
Miles had a great time again with RAW and Reid's ready to surf next year! My thanks
to Susan/PPSNK/RAW for another great opportunity and another truly happy day for our family.
It was truly an amazing day. Jonathan had so much fun. He drew a picture of himself
with a big smile and said that was Jonathan surfing. Took it to school to show off.
The RAW volunteers were terrific. Very good with the kids and very caring.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, -- this was an incredible event! The program is so well-organized
and the volunteers really know how to make it successful for the kids. I was praying
that the combination of cold morning fog together with the tight, sandy wetsuit wouldn't
do us in, but our beach buddy was patient and funny and put us all at ease. Lauren not
only got up on the board the first time, she went back for a second pass and Danny let
her stand up and ride the wave on her own! We all had such a good time we ended up
spending the rest of the day in Santa Cruz. Thanks also for sharing your really cute
pictures -- we'll never forget this.
Our second year, and it's STILL just simply amazing. What a great group of
people/volunteers with such a great attitude.
WOW! What an amazing day we had with Ride a Wave! These surfers are a truly amazing group
of volunteers. They knocked themselves out to give our kids a day to remember.
Please pass my thanks to the RAW folks. They were awesome (it took 3 of them to get
Marlin's gear on but they did it!) and I enjoyed a few hours to myself. Adrian, Marlin's
buddy was kind, loving and spent the day following Marlin around ensuring he was
safe and he enjoying the outing. She didn't push him and I was fine with that given
his current rigidity but I know one day he will surf again!
My son had a great time. His buddy and the other volunteers were each very supportive
and patient. I couldn't believe how much he was willing to try. We are so grateful
for their time and offering this experience.
I envied him! He spent the entire week-end telling anyone who would listen that he
went surfing at the beach and he is very proud of the medal he earned.
What a blast we had with Ride-A-Wave!
As we headed over 17 to Santa Cruz on Saturday, we were so excited to be returning
for a wonderful day with Ride-a-wave. Jeffrey was all excited about the beach and
seeing his buddies again. From the moment we arrived, we knew it was going to be
another perfect day. We were greeted by wonderful staff at the desk who searched
high and low until they found Neal - Jeffrey's buddy from last year. Was Jeffrey
excited when he saw Neal, especially when he got to see him 'jump' off the
pier!!! Neal was so amazingly patient with Jeffrey on the beach.....he worked
miracles to get Jeffrey one foot at a time down to the ocean....leaving a
scooting path along the way. It was truly a heart-warming and joy-filled site,
as Jeffrey finally stood up and ran the remaining 10 feet to the ocean. Neal - you
are so awesome! And then Jeffrey had the ride of his life in his throne on
Mike's surf board. Jim ran down the beach to catch it all on video from the
sea cliff, and we'd love to share it with you. Mike you are so caring!
Jeffrey sure loved his photo with his two beach buddies - and we will all
love the memories that we will have forever of a perfect day. Devon, Jeffrey's
big sister, was so glad to be a part of the day this year, and we will all
look forward to next year. We will come by this summer to say hi too!
"I LOVE IT! Especially since they said I'm a Natural!!"
He just beams at how much fun he had and that they said, really really
you're a natural paddler and surfer. So important to our guys that seem
to always be working on something either in therapy or at home. Reminds
me to celebrate even the small things that he does well, and there are
many of those things. Good reminder to me to not always focus on the
negatives, which is so hard to do especially before IEPs which is where
we're at now.