First Descents Returns to the OBX!

During the first week of June, Farmdog Surf School Outer Banks had the privilege to host a four day surf camp organized by First Descents, a non profit organization that specializes in adventure sports activities for young adult cancer survivors from all over the country.  First Descents offers several different levels of programs, and we had three weeks in June of 2012 running FD1 Camps, an entry level program.  This year’s first week would be FD2, so in addition  to amping up the intensity level on the program, we also had a reunion with 6 campers who had participated with FD1’s from 2012.  It was great to see some familiar faces from the previous year, but what was really impressive was how affected by their FD1 experience the returning participants were.

FD2 participant Bunny riding a wave during Farmdog Surf School Outer Banks First Descents camp

Bunny from FD2 OBX Surf Camp with Farmdog Surf School in Nags Head


In particular, we had a participant last year who could, despite being game, only really make it into the ocean on the final day of the program due to physical limitations relating to her battle with cancer.  But empowered and inspired by her participation in the camp, she spent an entire year training and strengthening her body and her mind.  Through the First Descents program she was inspired to get out into the surf and try to ride waves.  The evidence of her yearlong effort is in the photo above.

I have no doubt that being inspired by fellow cancer survivors contributed to one young lady’s stunning transformation in just a year’s time.  All of us at Farmdog Surf School are witnesses to how profoundly a person can be affected by First Descents’ amazing programs, it’s program leaders and volunteers.