On Saturday, May 30TH Surf Happens Foundation hosted a free surfing day for the youth and families of the Transition House of Santa Barbara for the second year. The day consisted of beach games, a comprehensive ocean safety, surfing history, and surfing techniques lesson and in water surfing lesson where we got everyone standing and riding waves! The day also included a presentation on plastic pollution and how we can do our part to keep the beach clean followed by a beach cleanup.
“The goal is to get these kids out from behind the TV and computer and to check out what this world has to offer” says Surf Happens owner and lead instructor, Chris Keet. Most of the kids who participated had never been surfing, and some had never stepped into the ocean even though they’ve lived here their whole lives. All participants received a reusable bag and water bottle, lunch, and Surf Happens t-shirt and hat.
We believe surfing can inspire people of all ages to "step out of the norm" and realize their full potential. That's one of the reasons we facilitate free SURF DAYS to serve at-risk and underprivileged youth in our local community. This program promotes teamwork, boosts self-esteem, and contributes to building the confidence and positive outlook.
Transition House is steadfastly dedicated to providing a solution to family homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. Capable and motivated families with children are offered respectful, non-sectarian residential services and taught the life skills needed to help alleviate their poverty and to restore self-sufficiency and dignity.