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Visually impaired take to the waves

ENCINITAS — San Diego’s visually impaired will once again have the opportunity to experience our famous shorelines from a surfer’s point of view from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at Ponto Beach in Carlsbad.
At the Encinitas Lions Club’s 13th annual Surfing Clinic for the visually impaired participants are given instruction and assisted in the water by local surfers and volunteers, as they challenge themselves to balance atop surfboards.
The Lions Club partners with the San Diego Surfing Academy and Swami’s Surfing Association, who donate their time and expertise to offer surfing instruction to members from blind centers throughout San Diego County, including the Blind Community Center of San Diego, the San Marcos Blind Community Center and the La Jolla Leo’s Club for sight impaired teens.
The Encinitas Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Grill. For more information, contact Lion Bob Mangini at (760) 436-7338 or at