Surf school helps kids overcome more than waves

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Surfers can often been seen catching waves along Wrightsville Beach, but not all of them can see the waves they're riding.

This week surf instructors at Indo Jax Surf School helped visually-impaired children learn how to hang ten.

"They already have enough barriers in their life that they have to break through just walking through life every day and to be able to provide a service like this is what it's all about," said Zac Adair surf instructor.

Adair is familiar with the challenges of his students; he lost his sight in a car accident five years ago. This summer he teamed up Kelly Fort, a teacher for visually impaired children, to teach the kids something they could never experience in a classroom.

"There's so much sensory out there for these kids using all their other senses that I just couldn't think of a better way," said Fort.

"It's been incredible," said Athena Bryson, mother of a surf student. "I mean, from the first day they got them out in the water and they got them up and surfing and it's just incredible to see your child doing really, really good at it."

Bryson's son Jonas not only learned how to catch a wave, but got to forge new friendships with other kids with limited sight.

"Hopefully after this week these kids will open up a little bit more and realize that they are capable of doing just about whatever they want to," said Adair.

Indo Jax Surf School holds several camps throughout the summer for a variety of disabled children. They are free for those who qualify.

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