On Sunday, Sept. 11, a surfing event for the blind and sight impaired will be held at South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad (also known as Ponto Beach) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Diego’s visually impaired will once again have the opportunity to experience our famous shorelines from a surfer’s point of view. Blind and sight impaired participants are given instruction and assisted in the water by certified surfing instructors as they challenge themselves to balance atop surfboards.

The Encinitas Lions Club, in partnership with Urban Surf 4Kids, will donate their time and expertise by offering surfing instruction to individuals and members from blind centers from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. The Lions will provide transportation for our guests and serve breakfast and a BBQ lunch, sponsored by McDonald’s and Hansen’s Surf Shop, to over 150 participants.

Directions: In Carlsbad, from the I-5 Freeway, take the Poinsettia turn-off, go west to the Pacific Coast Highway. Turn left (south) and proceed about two miles to South Ponto Beach.

For more information contact Robert Mangini from the Encinitas Lions Club at blindsurfersmail@gmail.com or (760) 436-7338. Learn more at www.hansensurf.com.