2017-06-29 / Island Focus

Surfers share stoke

Disabled visitors ride some waves


Clockwise from upper right: A participant is congratulated by surfer RoxAnne Schlabach, who long has volunteered at the annual event; Port Aransan Katherine Matthews, a volunteer, offers words of encouragement to one of the novice surfers; folks carry boards out into the surf; a youngster is pushed into a wave by Dale Linenberger, a Corpus Christi resident and member of the surfrider chapter; and Cliff Schlabach, right, of Corpus Christi, talks to a group. 
Staff photos byMurray Judson Clockwise from upper right: A participant is congratulated by surfer RoxAnne Schlabach, who long has volunteered at the annual event; Port Aransan Katherine Matthews, a volunteer, offers words of encouragement to one of the novice surfers; folks carry boards out into the surf; a youngster is pushed into a wave by Dale Linenberger, a Corpus Christi resident and member of the surfrider chapter; and Cliff Schlabach, right, of Corpus Christi, talks to a group. Staff photos byMurray Judson Area surfers gave a group of disabled folks a taste of surfing in Port Aransas on Sunday, June 25.

The Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation hosted the event for a group called Make Promises Happen, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The surfrider group has conducted the gathering each year since 2006. It was started by longtime surfers Cliff and RoxAnne Schlabach of Corpus Christi nearly 20 years ago. Cliff Schlabach is chairman of the Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation.

Fifteen disabled visitors caught waves with the help of volunteers. The event was held on the beach at Avenue G.

Texas Surf Camps donated use of surfboards.

The Surfrider Foundation is a national organization that looks after surfers’ interests including water quality, beach access and more.




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