CARPINTERIA, Calif. - More than a dozen local teens got their first taste of the ocean Friday with a free surf lesson.
The Surf Happens Foundation sponsored the event at Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria.
The teens are from the Girls Inc. Eureka!--a five-year college bound program that encourages girls to participate in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and sports, according to its website.
Many of the girls grew up by the beach, but had never been in the ocean before.
"Any time you step out of your comfort zone and you do something that you thought was impossible, you're going to be empowered for the rest of your life," said Surf Happens owner Chris Keet.
"Once I saw the first person go in and then another person go in who didn't even know how to swim, I just got really motivated and was like okay now I am going to do it," said Alyssa Ornelas of Carpinteria.
The Surf Happens Foundation donates time and resources to various groups in the community, including military veterans and their families, at-risk youth, and cancer survivors and their families.
To learn more about the foundation click here.
To learn more about Girls Inc. click here.