Surfers share joy of sea with Wounded Warrior veterans

Food, surfboards, lessons and encouragement provided on joy-filled day

Judy Palm story and photos

Last year the Hampton Beach surfing community, always looking for some good they can do, contacted the Wounded Warriors Project and offered a day of surfing for some veterans. The day went well, and it was decided to do it again this year.

Under the direction of Michael Taylor, the surfers, along with American Legion Post 35, Wounded Warriors Project and the New England Adaptive Sports Coalition all came together Friday, August 28, on the wall at North Beach in Hampton. These organizations brought several wounded warriors to the ocean to surf, most of them for the first time. American Legion Post 35 had a lunch wagon with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project. They also supplied food for the surfing warriors and families, Flatbread Pizza supplied pizzas, the Hampton surfers provided surfboards, lessons and encouragement.

Under the watchful eyes of the Hampton surfers and the beach lifeguards about nine wounded warriors took turns enjoying the waves and water and surfing. One of the surfers, Kerry Conway of New Hampshire, who was wounded in a plane crash returning home from Afghanistan, surfed along with her dog Buster. It was hard to know who enjoyed it more, Kerry or Buster. Timothy Anderson of Georgia enjoyed it so much he'll do it again. The weather was beautiful and the smiles on the surfers faces lit up the beach.

Wounded Warriors Butch Freeman
and Kerry Conway and Buster

American Legion stand

Geoff Krill and Timothy Anderson

Kerry Conway on board with many helping hands

Wounded Warriors sign on the wall

September, 2009