Injured and disabled veterans, along with other individuals with disabilities, gathered Friday at the Pismo Pier, where the group suited up and headed into the waves for a memorial paddle-out to honor and pay tribute to the heroes and victims of 9/11.
The event was part of Operation Restoration X, which got underway in Pismo Beach on Thursday evening with a meet-and-greet for those injured soldiers and veterans attending the three-day, hands-on surfing clinic hosted by AmpSurf.
Friday was the 14th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks, and a paddle-out is a universal way surfers honor the dead through a floating memorial service marked by chanting, flowers and reminiscing.
For the past 10-plus years, AmpSurf has been providing its "Learn to Surf" clinics on both the West and East coasts for those individuals who would benefit from adaptive surfing, serving hundreds of the country's disabled veterans as well as disabled adults and children.
Clinic participants, no matter their disability, experience the freedom of adaptive sports without limitations through a unique program that brings the "healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing together for an experience that is both mentally and physically one of the best forms of rehabilitation on the planet," according to organizers.
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