“Do you think a girl with no arms can surf, Ricochet?”
Without hesitation, Ricochet answered, “Absolutely!” and referred Becker, who was born without arms, to AmpSurf (Association of Amputee Surfers).
The non-profit’s mission is to ”promote, inspire, educate and rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes.”
Ampsurf offers a unique program that brings the healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing together for an experience that is both mentally and physically rehabilitating.
Last summer, with Ricochet’s encouragement, Becker drove herself 1,100 miles from her home in New Mexico to an AmpSurf “Learn to Surf” clinic in Pismo Beach, Calif.
It was Becker’s wish to surf with Ricochet, and she was scheduled to do so on the second day of the week-long clinic. Unfortunately, Becker sprained her ankle on the first day, so wasn’t able to surf with Ricochet. The pup was disappointed, but promised to surf with Becker next year.
Last Saturday, at another AmpSurf Clinic held in Del Mar, Calif., Becker’s wish finally came true. Despite the cold, dreary weather and rough waves, Becker and Ricochet were able to surf together.
Becker shares Ricochet’s message: Focus on what you can do. Becker’s motto is, “There is more than one way of doing things.”
For more information, visit surfdogricochet.com.