Skip to: [ search ] [ menus ] [ content ] Select style [ Aqua ] [ Citrus ] [ Fire ] [ Orange ] [ show/hide more content ]

“A Day on the Beach” – the 20th Anniversary

Scores of people with disabilities were able to kayak, canoe, and scuba dive at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz today as Shared Adventures celebrated the 20th Annual ” A Day on the Beach.” The founder of Shared Adventures, Foster Andersen, said that the annual event marks the anniversary of a motorcycle accident that nearly killed him at age 17, in addition to helping those people with disabilities to experience the joy of physical activities in the ocean. Andersen is now 51 and in a wheelchair. He said that the first event served approximately 10 people, but that 250 people had registered for the event today!

“I can’t believe it. I have to pinch myself,” Andersen said. “I love it. Everybody is so grateful to come down to the beach. It’s great to get people with special needs outside, doing recreational things.”

Today, volunteers helped people in and out of kayaks, pushed beach wheelchairs, and swam beside flotation devices. The temporary boardwalks that were constucted at Cowell Beach allowed folks in wheelchairs to travel from the parking lot almost to the water’s edge.

Shared Adventures offers classes each week that include indoor rock climbing, art, gardening, bocce and horseback riding and also publishes a guide to county-based services for those with physical or mental disabilities.

For information, please go to

-Bill at

Cheshire Cat Photo™ – “Your Guide to California’s Wonderland™”

You can view higher-resolution photos at the Cheshire Cat Photo™ Pro Gallery on Shutterfly™, where you can also order prints and gifts decorated with the photos of your choice from the gallery. The Cheshire Cat Photo Store on Zazzle® contains a wide variety of apparel and gifts decorated with our images of California. All locations are accessible from here. LIKE Cheshire Cat Photo on Facebook here! If you don’t see what you want or would be on our email list for updates, send us an email at

No Comments to ““A Day on the Beach” – the 20th Anniversary”

  (RSS feed for these comments)

InspectorWordpress has prevented 52153 attacks.
Get Adobe Flash player