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Lions, waves and more

CARLSBAD — Trust was built on Sunday between a number of vision impaired surfers and their coaches when they entered the ocean — some for the first time ever — with only a verbal description of what to expect and a surfboard under their arms.

The event — the 21st annual blind surfing event — put on by the Encinitas Lions Club at South Carlsbad State Beach on Sept. 11, is a continual draw for blind or visually impaired people of all ages to hit the waves and spend the day at the beach. Lions Club members, all clad in bright yellow shirts, helped shuttle participants to the beach, where they got set up with wetsuits and surfboards. Before paddling out though, each of the surfers received instructions from surf coaches volunteering from the Urban Surf 4 Kids nonprofit.

Chris Summers gets some help in putting on his wetsuit as he prepares to take to the water during the Encinitas Lions Club's 21st Annual Blind Surf Event held last Sunday at South Carlsbad State Beach. Photo by Pat CubelFamily members of blind athletes take some time to make new friends and play in the sand. Photo by Pat CubelParticipants, coaches and catchers pose for a group photo during the Encinitas Lions Club's 21st annual blind surf event held last Sunday at South Carlsbad State Beach. Photo by Pat CubelDominick Manzi gets some help in putting on his wetsuit as he prepares to take to the water. Photo by Pat CubelPenny Mayor, a resident of San Diego, strikes a pose as she prepares to take to the waves. Photo by Pat CubelChris Sommers gets some instruction form his coach as he prepares to ride the waves for the first time during the Encinitas Lions Club's 21st Annual Blind Surf Event held last Sunday at South Carlsbad State Beach.Frances Chavez gets some instruction from her coach as she prepares to ride the waves during. Photo by Pat CubelLelahni helps carry her surf board down to the water during last Sunday's Encinitas Lions Club's Blind Surfing Event held at South Carlsbad State Beach. Photo by Pat CubelBlind surfer Chris Sommers goes for the stand-up during last Sunday's Encinitas Lions Club's Blind Surfing Event held at South Carlsbad State Beach. Photo by Pat CubelBlind surfer Chris Sommers eats it on a wave as he attempts to stand-up on his board. Photo by Pat Cubel

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