Wake For Warriors event shares the shred with wounded vets

On Sept. 11, 2001, Lance Corporal Sarah Rudder was attending a ceremony at the Pentagon. Suddenly, she felt a tremor that resembled an earthquake and saw smoke and flames billowing into the air from an airliner that had just crashed into the hallowed building. Without hesitation, Sarah and her fellow Marines ran into the fray and began to help in any way they could. 

As Sarah pulled a victim from the wreckage, her foot and lower leg fell into a crevasse, severely injuring her foot and ankle. Unaware of the extent of her injuries, she continued to assist for the next 24 hours. It wasn’t until she stopped to assess her injuries that she realized the only thing holding her tattered ankle in place was her boot. Over the next couple of years, Sarah had several reconstructive surgeries, but ultimately decided to amputate her leg due to the pain from nerve damage.

For injured servicemembers like Sarah, the road to recovery can be long, and many activities they once enjoyed may seem out of reach. Through a grant from the California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways and a sponsorship from the Semper Fi and America’s Fund, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) teamed up with the Wake For Warriors Foundation this past spring and offered two days of wakesurfing for heroes with service-related injuries to improve their physical and emotional healing.

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Join us for a beach clean up, Sunday, April 14

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Join us for a beach clean up on Sunday, November 19

Help keep Mission Beach beautiful by volunteering with us to clean up the beach! We encourage you to join this community effort on Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 9am-12pm. Aside from spending quality time outdoors and getting some steps in, you’ll help create a safer environment for marine life and those who enjoy the beach.

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Support Accessible and Inclusive Watersports by purchasing tickets to the San Diego Festival of the Arts!

EDIT: 09/08/2022 9:21pm – FROM sdfestivalofthearts.org – The San Diego Festival of the Arts has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival which was slated for this coming weekend, September 10 and 11, at San Diego Surf Sports Park in North San Diego. The safety of our guests, volunteers, artists and their artwork, team members and support staff is our greatest concern and due to forecasted dangerous weather and potentially hazardous conditions, we have elected to cancel this year’s event.

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Having fun at camp!

Keep the summer camp fun going this fall!

If your campers are not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, Fall Enrichment Programs are the way to go! This September MBAC is offering a variety of fall enrichment programs for campers ages 7 through 15. In September our weekend programs include surfing, wakeboarding, and new this fall, marine science. These activities are offered on Saturday mornings for 4-sessions. These programs are a great way for campers to get outside and have some fun while getting back into the groove of school!

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