Breaking new boundaries and water, the first ever Mauli Ola Foundation Surf Experience Day in New Zealand officially took place on March 10th. Sixteen vibrant kids living with cystic fibrosis showed up at Orewa Beach to catch waves during a one-on-one session with the pros. The smiles, laughter and deep gratitude exchanged at the event truly uplifted the spirits of everyone involved.
“You are immersing yourself in the power of nature. Gliding on wave, and it feels like you are walking on water,” Ultimate Waterman Zane Schweitzer said.
Surf Experience Days are known for more than just introducing surfing to kids. It gives all ambassadors a sense of purpose and fulfillment and, most importantly, it provides a tangible experience for the kids to discover courage and new talents when learning how to catch a wave. With such a memorable and impactful event, the Foundation is told by participant parents that their kids are more motivated to do their treatments, more proactive and have a better attitude.
Accompanying Kala Alexander, VP of Mauli Ola, were seven other elite international watermen:Connor Baxter (HAW), Mark Visser (AUS),Danny Ching (USA), Manoa Drollet (PYF), 2015 winner Daniel Kereopa (NZL), Caio Vaz (BRA) and Zane Schweitzer (HAW).
Mauli Ola is extremely grateful and honored to have these men come together and give back before competing with one another. The Ultimate Waterman competition starts this Saturday at Takapuna Beach, Auckland.