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About Us

Adaptive surfing history would be made on October 21st and 22nd 2017 in Oceanside California on the north side of Oceanside Pier. This would be the site of the very first U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championships hosted by Stoke for Life Foundation. Over the course of the weekend this contest would prove that elite world class adaptive surfing is here in to stay. The best of the best showed up to battle for the very first U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championship and a piece of the first prize money pool in adaptive surfing’s short history.

James McDonald, Contest Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

Collin Renner, Assistant Coordinator

Collin and Charles have been friends for over 20 years. They met each other working for a software company in Carlsbad CA. Collin continues to support all of Charles exploits and has been actively involved with Charles and his dream since its inception.


Collin is a family man who enjoys camping at the beach with his family and helping others any way he can. Collin’s profession as a project manager and technical trainer has been extremely helpful with the startup of Stoke for and will continue to be an asset going forward as this organization builds.

Mia Gilkerson, Contest Director

Mia Gilkerson was our Contest Computer Scoring Operator for the ASC 2017 event. Mia has worked in the industry since 2004, running heats and schedules, beach marshall, tabulation, as well as computer scoring and video replay systems. Those contests include Western Surfing Association, USA Surfing Prime, USA Surfing Championships, Vissla Cosmic Creek, Malibu Surf Relik, Scholastic Surf Series, WSL’s Jacks Pro, APSS Shoe City Pro and Christian Soul Surf. Mia has grown up in San Clemente her whole life, and enjoys spending time at the beach as well as traveling as much as she can in her free time.