“Most of the changes in my son’s life – for better or for worse – seemed things that I, as his mother, could not influence much. Without a doubt, the court system and detention home did a lot to deter him from behaving a certain way. But without the Surfrider Spirit Sessions there would have been nothing meaningful to turn toward. Parents often tell a kid what not to do. The real art is to guide the young ones in how to do it right instead. Surfrider Spirit Sessions brought positive insight to my son, and I am very grateful for that!”
“This letter is to thank the Surfrider Foundation and Cynthia Y. H. Derosier, author of The Surfer Spirit, for creating the Surfrider Spirit Sessions program and for their continuous support for this vital and innovative program. The Spirit Sessions are a wonderful asset to our community, serving the physical and emotional health and well being of Hawaii’s at-risk young women.
…The Spirit Sessions are spectacular for these young women and have become an integral component of the Hawaii Family Court’s Girls Court program. With the help of the Spirit Sessions, the girls learn to overcome their fears, to take risks, to deal with disappointments and to experience the growth associatied with achievement.”
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“We’ve got plenty of kids and we need a positive place to direct them to. Keep it up guys; we need you. You guys are heroes, truly! And everyone who supports this program and is part of this program is a hero, they’re all heroes too.”
“By surfing you understand who you are. Those who surf have an inner connection to the ocean and the elements and an awareness of the world outside themselves. If you make a bad choice on a wave, you wipe out and you learn to change your actions. If you make a good choice, you get the ultimate ride. When you take that knowledge into your life, you make better choices.”