These 11 Athletes Define The Power of Surfing

Surfing is available to everyone, period. A sport that was once limited by its exclusivity is now changing the world for those who have overcome life changing injuries. These 11 adaptive athletes are proof that surfing makes the world a better place for all, not just a fortunate few that grew up on the coast. So when you hear someone say, “surfing changed my life” you better believe that it has the power to do so for many others who truly need it’s magic.

In May High Fives brought 11 #HighFivesAtheltes to Maui, Hawaii for a ten-day surf camp. A film was made in association with Fractal Film Co to tell the powerful story of leaving limitation behind and using surfing as a way of healing together as a community.

“The camps are getting people to step outside of their comfort zone so that they can positively grow and move forward — get past that injury,” says Roy Tuscany, High Fives Executive Director. Most athletes were not avid surfers before their injury, but surfing allows for motion and independence unlike any other adaptive sport. “When you come here, it feels different than where I’ve ever been in the world,” said Josh Dueck, an Athlete of the High Fives Foundation who was injured in a ski accident in 2004. “Luckily with a group like High Fives, there’s a ton of support, and they want to help you figure it out,” said Bond Camp, a High Fives Athlete on the trip. “That’s what I think High Fives is all about.”

Many also felt a distinct energy on the island and experienced a deep feeling of connection to the land and ocean. Since 2009, the High Fives Foundation has helped 114 injured athletes, bringing them experiences and grant funding towards their recoveries, as well as a strong network to help them improve their lives and overcome adversity.

“Luckily with a group like High Fives, there’s a ton of support, and they want to help you figure it out,” said Bond Camp, another High Fives Athlete on the trip. “That’s what I think High Fives is all about.”

The video is made in association with Fractal Film Co to tell the powerful story of leaving limitations behind and using surfing as a way of healing together as a family.

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