Spooner Spotlight: AccesSurf Hawai'i

Posted on June 23, 2023

Spooner Spotlight: AccesSurf Hawai'i
We’re proud to partner with AccesSurf, a pioneer in the advancement of adaptive water sports, ocean recreation, and therapeutic instruction for people with disabilities throughout Hawaii and worldwide, on the release of our latest print Surfer’s Paradise.

In following the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku, AccesSurf Hawaii is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of adaptive surfing.

AccesSurf Hawaii was founded in 2006 by Mark Marble and Rich Julian because of the basic need for beach access for people with disabilities. Mark is a Certified Recreational Therapist, and Rich is an accomplished adaptive athlete and lifelong surfer. By combining the freedom of surfing with specialized equipment and trained volunteers, AccesSurf enables participants to challenge themselves, build confidence, and enhance their overall well-being.

Today, AccesSurf offers a range of programs designed to cater to different abilities and needs, including a specific program for veterans. Their flagship program, "Day at the Beach," provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience the thrill of surfing with the assistance of trained volunteers and specialized equipment. Participants receive personalized instruction and guidance, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience in the water. Additionally, AccesSurf organizes clinics, workshops, and adaptive water sports events throughout the year, creating a supportive community for individuals with disabilities.

AccesSurf utilizes adaptive equipment and techniques to make surfing accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. They have a fleet of specially designed surfboards, such as tandem boards and wave skis, which provide stability and support for individuals who may have limited mobility or balance. The organization also employs beach wheelchairs that are capable of navigating sandy terrain, allowing participants to easily reach the water. Trained volunteers also use various techniques, including assisted paddling and adaptive surfing techniques, to ensure that everyone can catch a wave and experience the thrill of surfing.

AccesSurf's success is largely attributed to its dedicated and passionate volunteers. These individuals generously donate their time, skills, and knowledge to support participants during surfing sessions and events. AccesSurf provides comprehensive training to volunteers, ensuring they are equipped to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Through their involvement, volunteers not only make a difference in the lives of participants but also become part of a supportive and compassionate community that fosters inclusion and understanding.


We’re excited to partner with AccesSurf Hawaii on the launch of our newest print, Surfer’s Paradise. The purchase of this print enables Reyn Spooner to support this great organization. 

Learn more here: https://www.accessurf.org