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Special Needs Kids Experience Joy of Surfing

Oceanside CA— Students from TERI Inc’s two non-public schools got a chance to experience the thrill of catching a wave, on Tuesday, at the Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty.

“I had a lot of fun.” said Dante, 16, a student at TERI. “I tried to stand up but Mother Nature beat me every time.”

Instructors from Surfin’ Fire Surf Camps, in Oceanside, donated their time to teach the kids. “It’s the ninth year we’ve been teaming up with TERI.” said Surfin’ Fire owner, JP Peterson.

JP, an Encinitas Firefighter, surf Coach for Aviara Middle School, in Carlsbad, and former lifeguard explained how he became involved with the people at TERI, “I use to have a surfboard manufacturing company right behind TERI Institute and I would see these kids walk by daily. I just wanted to give them the same opportunities I had surfing and enjoying the water.”

Surfin’ Fire does about 10 events a year for children with Autism and special needs. “We are also doing the Switchfoot event on July 6th and work with about two-hundred of their biggest fans.”

TERI Inc, a local Oceanside non-profit, works with individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, and is often a place where families experience hope for the first time. To learn more about TERI Inc, visit their website [Link]

To learn more about Surfin’ Fire Surf Camps, visit their website [Link]

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