HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - The surfing was imperfect. And, at times, unconventional.
But it was the best board work being done on Hilton Head Island's beach since this day last year.
"The joy you get and feel when you see somebody excited riding their first wave, either on their belly or standing and all the way to the beach, it makes you feel good,'' said Hilton Head surfer Brian Kinard. "And that's what it's all about.''
Fun in the Sun for Everyone once again brought people from every corner of the island to help differently abled children and young adults enjoy a day of surfing and paddle boarding.
Teachers, parents. surf instructors and area surfers all volunteered their time, effort and support for the third-annual event presented by the non-profit Pockets Full of Sunshine.
"It's super amazing to see everyone coming together and offering this for us,'' said Kate Chiofolo, whose children participated in the event. "It's really a fun ever. My kids love surfing, they love playing at the beach. It's always a fun time to get together with families who have kids with special needs.''
"I mean, it makes your day,'' added Lindsay Davis, a physical education teacher at Hilton Head Elementary who volunteered as the day's paddleboard coordinator. "I always say this and Special Olympics are the two best days of the year.''
This year was easily the biggest turnout yet, more than 200 people showing up to catch a wave and a smile, enjoying a day framed in enthusiasm and expert instruction.
"My son and daughter have been out surfing,'' said Chiofolo. "And it's super fun to do it with people you feel are experienced and offer the opportunity for my kids to do that.''
But at Fun in the Sun, like the weekly Pockets Full of Sunshine gatherings, the instructors enjoy it as much as the participants.
"We've brought together basically all the local surf companies, the local board shapers, surf instruction companies, we've got them all out here,'' said Kindard. "And to see that whole community band together, it's just like it is when we're all out surfing together in the water. It's all of the friends getting out and having a good time.''