Until You Walk The Path, You Won’t Know Where it Goes will be chatting with Veteran Advocate Paul West on July 3, 2014 at 1 pm eastern. West will shares his experiences and the benefits of the Surf Warrior Program.
An East Coast Legend and has over 32 years of surf industry experience. Paul West has also traveled internationally for many years as a Surfing Ambassador promoting the sport of surfing in a positive way. He is an excellent role model in all respects and loves to share his knowledge of the ocean with others. Paul has been introducing the sport of surfing to people for virtually his entire life and he hopes to help you fulfill your surfing dreams. He is very active in the community, not only locally but worldwide.
Paul West became the competition director for the USSF in 1998 After years of competitive surfing, he found himself on the promotional side of surfing. His experience with the contest scene is unparalleled. He has ran the surfing competition for the East Coast Surfing Championships – ECSC for the past 30 + years as well as several hundreds of other contest. One of the premier programs that Paul was instrumental in developing is the Super Groms. It began 15 years ago at ECSC with a “free” push and surf beginner level – introduction to surfing for kids 10 and under. Another outstanding program that Paul and the USSF has developed is the Surf Warrior. It is a partnership with the Florida Surfing Association and the Wounded Warrior Project. It is now in it’s 4th year and has grown into a national program. Teaching veterans at the WWP how to surf and eventually compete in the ECSC. This program meets weekly during the summer in a variety of locations.
The USSF was once the national governing body for the sport of surfing in the United States and now has progressed into an institutional and philanthropic organization, touching lives directly and impacting the sport of surfing at a grass roots level. If you would like more information or would like to become involved please contact us.
The Surf Warrior Program was developed in 2011 by the United States Surfing Federation in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP). The program began in Jacksonville Beach, Florida with the help of the Florida Surfing Association who supplied the equipment and instructors. The Wounded Warrior Project selects 8 vets who get to learn to surf during a six-week program while developing an ever-lasting “surf family.” WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
In 2012 the program grew to two more regions on the east coast; Navarre Beach, Florida and Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Surf Warrior Program also held their first championship at the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach. 3 Surf Warriors were selected from each city and given the chance to become the ultimate Surf Warrior!
The original goal of the Surf Warrior program was to change the vet’s lives through the power of the ocean. The program proved to do just that has a group who participated in the Surf Warrior program for the past two years out of Jacksonville Beach, now hold their own “surfing sessions” every Saturday morning.
The interview will be available in the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theresachaze/2014/07/03/until-you-walk-the-path-you-wont-know-where-it
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