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Special Needs Kids Enjoy Beach Day in Avellanas Beach!

At first glance, it looked like an ordinary day at Avellanas beach, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Kids on surfboards were pushed into the waves while others played in the sand. Food, drinks, and families having fun were everywhere. On closer inspection, you might have noticed something outstanding. A group of special needs children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental delays such as autism were here to enjoy, some for the first time, a day at the beach.

Under the auspices of the Shine Project Foundation, Avellanas Surf School Camp was able to help in this event.

Mauricio Ortega, owner and first surf coach of Avellanas Surf School Camp says:  “To me, being with these kids and teaching them how to surf, is just plain surfing, period. They’re just like you and me”