In La Jolla, CA. Law enforcement and foster youth gathered around La Jolla Shores on Saturday, August 20th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM for an event called, “Surf With A Cop Day”. The purpose of the event was to build a community between law enforcement and foster youth. The youth will be able to interact and learn about law enforcement and the Explorer volunteer program for teenagers. Deputies, officers, agents and foster youth will hold a memorial to honor the fallen officers. Urban Surf 4 Kids, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, aims to empower foster youth through healthy outlets such as surfing and community service based mentoring programs. All donations received went to “The Dreaming of Aloha Achievement Program” — an opportunity to give 15 foster youth a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii.
The Urban Surf 4 Kids event in La Jolla included: Foster youth to surf in La Jolla Shores with the law enforcement, Deputies, officers, agents and foster youth will paddle out in memory of those killed in the line of duty. A K-9 demonstration was provided for foster kids.
A Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT) vehicle and patrol car will be available for foster kids to explore. Deputies and officers will be on hand to explain how they keep the community safe. Sheriff’s Explorers (teen volunteers) will also be available with a display to talk about how foster kids might be able to explore a career in law enforcement through the volunteer program. Food will be sponsored by Board and Brew WaveWrecker, a surfboard and gear hybrid will be providing a WaveWrecker experience for the foster kids We had such an awesome time with the kids. We can wait for the next event on Saturday, September 17th! Contact us if you want to know more about the event!
WaveWrecker and the Unleashed by Petco – July 30th
In San Diego California on July 30th the world’s best surf dogs hung 20 at the annual Unleashed by Petco Imperial Beach Surf Dog competion. Now in its eleventh year, this is considered the original surf dog event that started it all. More than 60 dogs are expected to compete in this family friendly event, which raises funds for the San Diego Humane Society. The 11th Annual Unleashed by Petco Imperial Beach Surf Dog competition included: An off-leash play area provided by Outward Hound® Coronado Brewing Company will be pouring their 20th anniversary brew in the beer garden.
Bathe to Save, a mobile dog-washing bus on a national tour to raise awareness of the benefits of animal adoption, will be offering on-site mobile dog baths for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the San Diego Humane Society. San Diego Humane Society dog adoptions. Anyone who adopts a dog at the event will receive an Summer Fun starter kit, including Fun Fish doggy life jacket, sponsored by Outward Hound. We had our WaveWrecker booth out at the event to showcase our unique gear. We’re even thinking about making WaveWreckers for dogs, what are your thoughts on that?
US patent 8662946 was granted to inventor, Dr. Nicholas Noel Gadler, for a body surfing accessory concept that came to him 6 years ago. His idea is now a reality and will be available worldwide on July 15th, 2016.
The WaveWrecker flagship product is a body surfing wetsuit that looks like a surfer’s gear, but has 11 fins attached in strategic locations to boost buoyancy and enhance directional control when riding a wave. The fins are made of high-tech foam with different densities, shapes and stiffness that reduce the bodysurfing learning curve.
WaveWrecker, llc had a domestic soft launch in April following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Several top investors received first editions of the proprietary bodysurfing gear, then it was offered to online purchasers in the United States, Mexico & Canada.
In preparation for international fulfillment, WaveWrecker succeeded in finding a better manufacturing process that could meet and exceed the first run production costs and standards. The warehouse inventory is stocked with bodysurfing accessories for men, women and children in 9 sizes and is now poised for international delivery.
Inventor, Nick Gadler, an oral surgeon for 20 years, had moments of inspiration for other inventions in the past, however, he didn’t act upon them. After witnessing his ideas going to market without him, he committed to taking action when he believed in his next idea.
The next idea came to Nick Gadler when he was in his backyard swimming pool treading water for a long time while encouraging his son to swim to him in the deep end. Growing tired treading water, Nick glanced around and spotted foam pool noodles and grabbed a couple of them to help him stay afloat. They added better floatation and allowed him to be more patient while coaching his son. Before long, he imagined what it would be like if a person had augmented floatation when body surfing. The idea grew from there.
The first prototypes were crude and made from whatever Gadler could find at his house or the local hardware store. After 27 prototypes, he had refined the design to the point he knew he had something worthwhile. He even hired a Hollywood movie costume design company called, Gentle Giant in Burbank, CA, to make the gear a natural extension of the human body with appealing aesthetics utilizing CAD (computer-aided drafting).
The Discovery Channel met up with WaveWrecker to do a video shoot off the coast of San Diego. Several veteran bodysurfers came out and donned the WaveWrecker gear to test the equipment’s performance on TV. They liked the WaveWrecker gear and thoroughly enjoyed the experience – pointing out several of the suit’s key advantages.
After testing the WaveWrecker gear, 2015 World Champion Bodysurfer Makena Magro commented, “I felt a lot faster in the water, and the suit’s added buoyancy made it much easier to concentrate on maneuvering across the face of the wave.” She added, “WaveWrecker let me spend less time and energy treading water, and let me focus on catching waves.”
Now that Nick Gadler has seen his idea become reality, one can expect other product innovations and inventions at https://WaveWrecker.com in the future. He says the process is addictive.
Urban Surf 4 Kids: (http://www.urbansurf4kids.org) is a unique nonprofit with a big heart for orphan and foster kids. They use water sports as a catalyst, and teach kids how to first have fun and then give back to their communities and neighborhoods through local service projects.
On Saturday, July 16th the WaveWrecker crew went out to Ocean Beach, CA to provide WaveWrecker body surfing demos with the kids. We really enjoyed giving back to the kids and showing them a good time with the WaveWrecker gear. We’re honored to be a part of their “Ohana” by doing monthly events with the organization to give the kids a new experience in the water with our products. Our goal is to give any child confidence in and out of the water to show they’re not scared of anything. Surfing with the Urban Surf 4 Kids experience was an amazing and memorable one.
So Cal Surf Dogs (http://www.socalsurfdogs.com) joined in the fun and brought their real Surf Dogs. Yes, they train canines to actually catch waves on surfboards in the ocean. They added a lot of sparkle to the event and they always draw crowds, so attendees really appreciated their support.
WaveWrecker volunteers had so much fun that we look forward to participating in future events.