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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.

U.S. OPEN ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS STAFF
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Charles Webb, Contest Coordinator

The founder of the Stoke for Life Foundation is Charles Webb a T 7-8 incomplete paraplegic, Charles is the first paraplegic to compete in an open water paddle race (2013 Battle of the Paddle), Charles is also the two time Western Surfing Association Adaptive Surfing Champion winning back to back titles in 2015 and 2016. He placed 2nd overall in the Surfing America 2016 U.S. National Adaptive Surfing Championship in his division.

 

Charles Webb is an experienced inspirational speaker on many levels, from motivational corporate presentations to inspirational speeches at the collegiate, high school, or elementary level, Charles has shared the stoke whenever possible. Charles has also written numerous published articles in various magazines telling the stories of everyday people that continue to overcome and achieve despite high level disabilities or ailments. Through adaptive competition, motivational speaking, and inspirational writing Charles has found avenues to bring awareness to the adaptive watersports movement.

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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 Life.org and will continue to be an asset going forward as this organization builds.

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Mia Gilkerson, Contest Director

Bio coming soon.

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James McDonald, Beach Marshall

Bio coming soon.

U.S. OPEN ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS JUDGES
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Dave Schulte, Head Judge

I started my judging career at 18 on the PSAA, Bud Tour and worked my way on to the ASP World Tour, I spent over 15 traveling and judging professionally, then have continued judging, commentating and running my own events for well over 20 years.  In total I have judged for 35 years.

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John Davis, Adaptive Judge

Bio coming soon

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Randy Gilkerson Jr, Priority Judge

Bio coming soon.

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Pat Drummy, Judge

Bio coming soon.

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Kaden Kerr, Judge

Bio coming soon.

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Alfredo Ramirez, Judge

Bio coming soon.

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Roger Paez, Judge

Bio coming soon.

WATER TEAM SPECIALISTS
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Water Team Specialist

Mike Spikeman, Water Team Specialist

Stoke for Life Water safety Team, Water Safety U.S.A. Surfing National Adaptive Surfing Championships 2016, 2017, Owner operator of California Kahuna Surf School.

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Water Team Specialist

John Afshari, Water Team Specialist

Stoke for Life Water safety Team, Water Safety team 2015 ISA Adaptive World Championships, U.S.A. Surfing National Adaptive Surfing Championships 2016, 2017. Owner operator So Cal Special Needs Surf School.