COWELL BEACH — For some veterans, the hardest part about combat is enduring normality at home after war.
For Kyle Kelly, a former Army combat engineer from “the sticks” of Northeast Texas, the Stateside adjustment was eased by surfing.
“When you’re in combat, you can only control that so much. The best thing that you can do is to control how you react to it and hope you make the best decision,” Kelly said as he watched his fellow service men and women ride their first waves at Cowell Beach on Friday morning. “It’s no different in the water. You can’t stop the waves from … More
On April 29, 2018, a chest-to-head-high south swell wrapping through first peak provided perfect conditions for the 3rd Annual SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz.
The tag team competition was hosted by Big Stick Surfing Association (BSSA) as part of the annual LogJam Classic and saw six teams of five compete for both the Fundraising and Surfing Cup.
Over $34,000 was raised to support … More
Brayden Belden is a promising 11-year-old surfer from Laguna Beach, California. On Feb. 20 while snowboarding with his family at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, Belden suffered a near-fatal head injury.
Belden was airlifted to Bend, Oregon where his parents met him at the hospital after driving through a blizzard to get there. They were informed that the injury was much more serious than initially thought and that he may only have hours to live.
Doctors hurried to stabilize Belden so he could … More
The Coffins hope to raise funds for two firefighters who lost their homes.
Montecito, California and the surrounding areas are still reeling from the devastating Thomas Fire and mudslides/floods that it has been hit with this winter. Two professional surfers who travel the world but call Montecito their hometown have teamed up with the Changing Tides Foundation to put together a fundraiser for the victims.
Conner and Parker Coffin are aiming to help the families of two firefighters who lost their homes in the flood. As they note in their campaign … More