|People always ask to learn more about the
incredible volunteers who give so much of their time and efforts
to the program. We've put this page together so you can get
to know a little about some of the amazing individuals who
make up the Ride a Wave team. Keep coming back as we'll add
more members each season!
When he's not charging the biggest waves at Mavericks
or eating vegan pizza, Johnny can be found gently
hoisting kids onto his board as a Ride a Wave tandem
surfer. Passionate about surfing and RAW, Bowling
says, "The ocean has been one of the most
positive forces of growth, challenge, and empowerment in my life, and
I'd like to share that with the world. Because secretly,
I think I might be having more fun than anyone else on the planet when
I am volunteering with Ride a Wave!"
Ride a Wave is a family affair for Susan, who
volunteers with her husband "Steiny" and
their son Paul. Susan shares her calming presence and great
compassion to participants as Beach Buddy. A long-time
veteran, she's also a valuable resource for new
volunteers, helping them learn the ropes and gently
reminding them to apply plenty of sunscreen on those
in their care.
A mainstay since the program began in 1998, Dave
provides a commanding presence with his beaming smile
and positive energy. Being 6' 8" helps a little
too! When asked about Ride a Wave, King says "Iíve
always thought that I was meant to help others play and
enjoy their lives in a healthy way. The people in the
Ride Wave tribe are the kind of people I want to surround
myself with. We get to establish the foundation for the
kind of friendships that help make healthy supportive
An active volunteer since 1999, Brooks has worn many
hats at Ride a Wave. This past year he's added a
costume to the list as he transforms into Captain Kelp
to help our participants stretch in the morning!
Brooks is also joined at each camp by his son Cuddy
and wife Lisa who are volunteers as well. Brooks says
"Every time I show up for a Ride A Wave camp,
I canít help but feel lucky to be a part of such an
incredible organization. To be able to do that and
play with some amazing kids at the beachÖ Well, life
doesnít get much better than that!"
If you would like to hang out with great folks like this,
join the team! Many say helping
out at Ride a Wave is the best thing they've ever done. Don't
worry, you don't have to be a surfer or even know how to
surf to make a huge difference in the life of a child
with special needs.
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