Recently, SWAP began a relationship with the Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) organization—an organization that assists, through life skill training and mentoring, young men and women (ages 18 to 26) who are aging out of the foster care system. Our relationship began in January when SWAP and JIT volunteers worked side by side to shop, cook and then serve dinner to approximately 80 homeless men at the La Posada men’s shelter in Carlsbad, CA.
Wanting to continue to nurture this relationship with JIT, SWAP is now in the early stages of planning a day at the beach, likely in May or June, to introduce the JIT members to surfing. SWAP will be working with volunteers from the Wounded Warriors program (who have generously offered to provide soft-top surfboards and wetsuits) with the hope of hosting 10 to 15 youth. SWAP is seeking commitments from enough volunteers to be able to provide one instructor/coach for each participant. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and serving lunch.
SWAP SD charged hard on softtop long boards at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Surf for CF event. This year we have 3 teams and raised over $3,000 for the Foundation. Our team “Pipeline on Vacation” took second place with a thundering victory fueled by five party waves with all four team members, two head stands in the white water, and real style points awarded for hanging five over while doing a terrible version of “The Macarena.”
We were introduced to the event by one of our own, whose nephew Bowie (honorary member of Team “Bowie’s Brigade”) was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was 2 weeks old. Here’s Bowie at the CF Event:
Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that keeps the body from forming the enzymes to digest protein and creates mucus in the patients lungs. Thanks to the research of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, over the last few decades they have created treatments for this life threatening disease, which include enzymes help the body digest food, chest compression therapy, nebulizer treatments, and antibiotics.
As it turns out, there is a direct connection between surfing and cystic fibrosis….salt water! Research has found that salt water naturally helps to break up the mucus and so a good surf sesh is actually treatment for people living with CF and can essentially replace some of their nebulizer treatments.
SWAP San Diego is a regular participant in this event, and we hope you’ll consider getting involved by starting up your own team and/or donating to one of ours!