Surf trip unites fathers and daughters during memorable weekend
For Scott Heron, the only thing better than catching a wave was watching his daughter catch her own.
“Surfing is absolutely exhilarating. That excitement and rush as you catch a wave. It lifts you up and you almost feel a sense of weightlessness as you speed down the wave,” he says. “The only feeling that matches it was being able to … see my daughter stand up and catch her first wave.”
Scott and his daughter were one of four family duos from Spinal Cord Injury B.C. on Power To Be’s father-daughter surf trip this year. The second annual trip, the weekend adventure in Tofino provided a chance for people to try something new and challenge their perceptions of what is possible.
“That is the thing that connects to the heart,” he says.
With support from surf instructors with Pacific Surf School, the group spent two days in the waves using a variety of adaptive equipment to transition from beach to board. With TrailRiders and all-terrain wheelchairs, as well as special seats for the boards, the fathers were able to get comfortable in a new environment.