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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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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Support accessible watersports by purchasing tickets to San Diego Festival of the Arts

The San Diego Festival of the Arts is back on June 8th and 9th at Waterfront Park! This annual event features live music, local cuisine, and works of fine art from nearly 200 world-renowned artists, with raffle, silent auction, and wine and beer garden. Proceeds directly support MBAC adaptive watersports programs for persons with disabilities.

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Support accessible watersports by volunteering at SDFA

You can have an amazing day ensuring access to watersports recreation for persons with disabilities by volunteering at the San Diego Festival of the Arts. Happening on June 9 & 10 in Waterfront Park, the festival is produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and San Diego Magazine and is an unforgettable weekend filled with art, food, craft beer, and entertainment. Since its inception in 1987, the San Diego Festival of the Arts has raised in excess of $2.5 million in support of 33+ adaptive sports programs benefiting more than 150,000 San Diegans with disabilities.

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Day on the Bay event provides access to watersports

On October 8th over 100 participants with disabilities enjoyed a Day on the Bay with sun, fun and access to watersports.  At this bi-annual event, trained MBAC instructors and specialized equipment provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in watersports that they might otherwise never have the chance to experience.  Read More