Wounded Warriors Ride Again
Hit The Beach
American Legion Post 35 in New Hampshire played host to the sixth annual Hit the Beach, an opportunity to get adaptive athletes and veterans in the water and on a board at The Wall, in Hampton. Local police, firemen and surfers volunteered to get them into waves.
In addition to participants from the Wounded Warriors project, the event was host to surfers from New England Disabled Sports, The WarFighter Sports, Home Base Red Sox Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital and other physically challenged athletes.
This is Geoff Krill of New England Disabled Sports and snowsports director at Loon Mountain, N.H. "He's paralyzed from the chest down and a better skier than I am snowboarder. It's pretty nuts to ride with him," photographer Brian Nevins says.
It takes a lot of people coming together to pull something like this off, but then that's exactly what it's all about.
"It is definitely something different, but we really enjoy it," says Krill. "I was sort of bodyboarding, but guys like Jerry Miserandino, who still have full use of their legs, were actually standing and surfing."
Jerry Miserandino is a Vietnam veteran and a former bomb specialist. Amputation hasn't kept him from excelling as a multisport athlete.
Eventually, it wasn't a day of wounded veterans with their stories trying surfing with the help of a bunch of good people. It was just surfing.