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Surf Beyond Sight

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Raised by 27 people in 6 months
My name is Joshua Loya, and I am the 2018 USA Surfing Visually Impaired Champion. This has been the year of surf, and it is, in no small part, because of your support. I sincerely thank you for being awesome!

I won the USA Surfing National Championship in June, guided by my coach, Coach Pat Weber of the San Diego Surfing Academy. Your support covered my $200 entrance fee. It was at Nationals that I earned a spot on the USA Adaptive Surf Team and a chance to represent the red, white, and blue at the ISA World Adaptives in La Jolla this coming December. Your donations covered a rather large portion of the cost of mine and my coach’s trip to Hawaii. While there, I competed on Oahu at the Access Surf Duke’s Oceanfest Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championships. I won my first heat less than 2 hours after landing in Honolulu, and I took 2nd over all in the visually impaired division of the contest. We were able to return to the mainland just before Hurricane Lane made it to Oahu. Thankfully, the strength of the storm drastically weakened by the time it reached where we would have been.

Your support also paid a significant portion of the expenses Coach Pat and I incurred on our top secret surf trip. On May 20, I was the first ever 100% blind surfer to get to ride Kelly Slater’s wave pool. If you search for “blind surfer Joshua Loya”, you should find a video documenting my experience there. It was an unforgettable and profoundly positive experience. Nothing can replace the natural ocean. That being said, the wave pool technology has the potential to revolutionize and change forever what surfing can be like for blind and visually impaired surfers.

I never thought for a million years that I’d ever be a competitive surfer. I found surfing quite by accident, and it is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. The calm that comes over me while I am riding a wave to shore is something that is better experienced than described with words. It is my hope by competing, that I can encourage other blind and visually impaired people to give surfing a try. Please partner with me in making this dream a reality for both me and those who crave a deeper, richer, more vibrant life.

I still have outstanding costs remaining from the trip to Hawaii. (An absolutely amazing experience!) I also have 3 more contests scheduled for this year, the US Open of Adaptive Surfing, the Adaptive Surf League Pro, and the ISA World Adaptives. I also have the potential to help make some of this surf adventuring self sustaining. I can only do this with your help. Please consider supporting me and my coach, so we can help others surf beyond sight.
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Thank you everyone for your support. I’ve been quiet on the fundraising front. I have been hard at work preparing for the US National Team Trials. I compete Thursday. Winning this will mean that I get to represent the US in the ISA World Adaptives. I also took a secret trip that I can’t talk about yet, but I hope to be able to share more openly about it within a couple of months. In the meantime, we have a long way to go to make Hawaii happen. It looks like our room rates will be pretty reasonable. Our flights have not yet been purchased, so this is one of the main priorities at this point. It is also difficult to tell if we will have enough for my wife to also join us on the trip. I would really like to make this happen as well. If you would please consider donating $20, $15, or even $5 it would help. Of course, if people want to donate much more, I won’t say no. By donating and sharing, you can help create history. I know you’re awesome. Please help me demonstrate how awesome life can be. Thank you and aloha!
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I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has donated and shared the compaign. Momentum is building! I’m so excited. As I have said before, Surf Beyond Sight is so much bigger than me. It’s bigger than surfing or athletics for blind and visually impaired people. It’s about calming the storm inside, so you can ride the waves of opportunity that life presents you. I’m going first with these competitions because I believe this is the best first step.

Right now, I am preparing to visit the WSL Founder’s Cup. I’m a surfing fan, as well as a competitor. This weekend is a turning point in surfing history. Together, we can make history by removing artificial barriers to the quality of life each person can have. Please partner with me in building something that can make a meaningful difference for way more people than just me.

(The photo is of me and my coach, Coach Pat Weber of the San Diego Surfing Academy, just after our last time in the water together.)
Me (in the gaf helmet) and my coach (Coach Pat of the San Diego Surfing Academy) just after our latest surfing session at Oceanside Harbor.
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We’ve started getting donations! Thank you so very much! The first goal is to cover our tickets to Hawaii in August. The sooner we buy those, the sooner we can more accurately budget for the rest of the trip. Remember, Duke’s is the priority, but it is only the first step. I have several contests this year, and Surf Beyond Sight can be much bigger than just me. We can help other blind and visually impaired people live lives of adventure, whether through surfing, martial arts, or anything else. We start with surfing because it is the turn the adventure has taken. Let’s ride this from here, and see what we can build. Every little bit helps. Also, please give with a clear conscience, and if you decide not to donate, please share the link. The groundswell on this could build with a single donation.
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