June 29, 2005

Santa Cruz, California: 13th Annual "Day on the Beach"

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Have you ever found something so good that you want to keep it all to yourself?

OK, I plead guilty to that charge when it comes to the work of Shared Adventures in Santa Cruz, California -- and especially their signature event "Day on the Beach."

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Each year this event springs out of chaos into a mellow-vibed, but logistically astounding, occupation of Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz. More than three hundred volunteers show up to help more than 150 people with disabilities experience water sports like: surfing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, beach wheelchairs. This year a sneak appearance of the new Vexel Quovis will be added to the usual line-up of great bands and food.

I have not been entirely silent about Shared Adventures and its founder, Foster Anderson. The group's work was the main example I used at the 2004 NICAN Conference on Accessible Tourism in Perth, Australia.

But I'm ambivalent about letting too many people know - selfish, I guess. I mean, just how big can this party get and still be the place where, as one volunteer told me last year, "I come to fill up on my quota of smiles for the whole year!"
Foster Anderson

What I find remarkable about this event is that it really does grow out of the life and warm personal aura of one man, Foster Anderson, who has turned the anniversary of his quadriplegia into an annual liturgy of community renewal where ALL disabilities are represented, valued, and appreciated.

For one day, this is how life should be. The environment is rebuilt, in a low-impact, reversable way, to accommodate even conceivable disability and make imaginations soar.

The town of Santa Cruz has a rich culture of participatory politics. Each year it shows the world what Inclusive Destination Development is all about -- and hundreds of people have a great time doing it.

Check out Santa Cruz at Shared Adventure's online Access Guide:


Learn more about "Day on the Beach" or sign up to volunteer, participate, or just observe how it's done so you can replicate it in your town by going to:


Press Release
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June 09, 2005, Santa Cruz, CA-Shared Adventures of Santa Cruz, CA is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual "Day On The Beach" on Cowell's Beach, Santa Cruz, California, Saturday July 16, 2005, Noon-5:00pm.

Approximately 400 volunteers will provide free kayaking, SCUBA diving, outrigger canoeing, floatation experiences, motorized beach wheelchair demos, and much more for 200 disabled and severely ill young people and adults.
Physically and developmentally challenged, and severely ill children and adults may pre-register online at http://www.dayonthebeach.org or by calling the Shared Adventures office at 831/459-7210.
A concurrent free festival is scheduled, complete with free food generously donated by numerous vendors, t-shirts, games, jugglers, magicians, and other performers, sand castle building, and some of the best live bands that Santa Cruz has to offer. The festival will also serve as a "mini accessibility expo" with partners from several accessible activities groups providing free samples and demonstrating their services & merchandise onsite.

All event activities are free to participants, families, friends, and volunteers. Day On The Beach is fully funded by corporate and private sponsors, vendor contributions, merchandise sales, etc.

Individual and corporate monetary and in-kind donations and sponsorships are needed and welcome.

For information, to register as a volunteer or participant, or to make a donation, please see the Shared Adventures web site at www.sharedadventures.org or call 831/459-7210.
Contact: Foster Andersen, Founder and CEO Shared Adventures
foster@sharedadventures.com 831/459-7210
Shared Adventures
Established in 1994, Shared Adventures is a Santa Cruz based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to bringing the outdoors into the lives of people with special needs and physical challenges. Shared Adventures is best known for their 13 consecutive world famous "Day On The Beach" events in Santa Cruz. Shared Adventures is also well known for numerous adventure-activities for the disabled population of Northern California including their annual "Day In The Sky" at the Watsonville Airport, a tremendously popular assistive-technologies event drawing 800+ spectators, 200+ volunteers and 150+ disabled young people who are taking flying for the day by 3 dozen specially trained volunteer pilots. www.sharedadventures.org.


Posted by rollingrains at June 29, 2005 03:52 AM