Stoke for Life Foundation and the U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championships want to extend our deepest gratitude and heart felt thank you to all the volunteers. To run an adaptive surf event whether it is a surf camp, paddle camp, or a surf contest it cannot happen without able body volunteers. As much praise that happens for the people that put on the events, it is important to shine that light on the people that really make the events happen, that is the volunteers.
Stoke for Life Foundation is fortunate to have amazing relationships with our head water safety team members Mike Spikerman owner/operator of California Kahuna Surf School and Adam Land from Team Surf Gimp, both have extensive experience in water safety. Mike Spikerman has been teaching surfing for over two decades and has been in the water with people with every type of disability. Adam Land was the lead pusher for Surf Gimp founder Jay Liesner who was a high-level quadriplegic, Jay and Adam shared a special connection in the water for over a decade and now Adam shares that experience whenever possible.
Stoke for Life Foundation also has a great relationship with the University of St. Augustine for Health and Science which specializes in teaching Occupational and Physical Therapy. Dr. Maureen Johnson PHD, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and the students came out to volunteer for these events and are integral in the success and education to all volunteers.