Challenged Athletes Foundation Instructional surf camp in Del Mar
DEL MAR (KUSI) – The Junior Seau Foundation Adaptive Surf Program presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation will once again continue its iconic involvement at the 15th annual SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Beach Fest. Taking place June 27 – 28 at Del Mar State Beach, CAF’s instructional camp will help develop the next wave of adaptive surfers and introduce new adaptive athletes to the sport of surfing.
Youth athletes with physical challenges will receive expert instruction and support from surfing coaches and mentors, leading up to a day of surf and celebration on June 29 at the SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Beach Fest at Moonlight Beach.
Camp participants will enjoy the many festivities of Saturday’s event, including a 30-minute Expression Session where they will get a chance to surf in front of thousands of spectators before being recognized on the main stage. In addition to supporting first-time and rising youth surfers, CAF will also enter a team of elite adaptive surfers in the BRO-AM Surf Contest.
The team will compete against 12 other teams in 25-minute heats with a 30-minute final heat if they qualify. Team CAF elite adaptive surfers are:
Mike Coots – The Hawaii native lost his right leg in a shark attack and has since become a shark advocate, world-famous ocean photographer, and accomplished surfer and silver medalist from Team Hawaii at the 2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships.
Alcino Neto “Pirata” – Originally from Brazil, Pirata lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and has since traveled the world as an adaptive surfer. In 2017, he won the ISA World Adaptive Championships.
Victoria Feige – After becoming paralyzed from a snowboarding accident, Victoria took up surfing and became the first and only female to represent Canada at the ISA World Adaptive Championships in 2016.
Faith Lennox – Born with compartment syndrome, doctors were forced to amputate Faith’s arm just below the elbow. She has since become an extremely competitive surfer, taking third in the Women’s Standing Division at the Hawai’i Adaptive Surfing Championships in 2018, followed by a second-place finish in the US Open of Adaptive Surfing Juniors Division later that year.
KUSI’s Allie Wagner was live in Del Mar where she spoke with contestant Mike Coots about the event and learned some amazing stuff about his life.
Coots is an extremely talented Ocean Photographer who lost his leg in a shark attack. Even after the incident, he continues to photograph the animal in the open sea. Some of his fantastic photos/videos he’s posted to his Instagram, @mikecoots, are below.