Who says they can’t rappel down a waterfall?

Christine Krishnan

There were eight Irish teens total. Four were able-bodied. Four had disabilities. All had a taste for adventure, and they had been teamed up with each other for a trip to
Costa Rica, where they learned to learn to surf, raft, canyoneer and rappel down a 200-foot waterfall.


As Seen On…

In 2006, while filming a skateboarding video in Santa Cruz, professional skater and surfer Christiaan “Otter” Bailey sustained an injury in which he crushed several vertebrae
and damaged his spinal cord, which consequently left him paralysed from the waist down.

Ocean Healing Group’s Just Add Water Surfing Camp in Costa Rica

Alisha Welch

My passion of working with the disabled population landed me in Costa Rica at the beginning of November. As I landed in San Jose I was warmly greeted by Senor Larry
from the Ocean Healing Group.


Catching up with Christiaan Bailey…

The Worldwide ASPect

Christiaan Bailey, class of 2000, has taken his education out of the classroom, into the ocean and around the world. Holder of seven Guinness World Records in surfing, he founded
Ocean Healing Group after suffering a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down.


Happy in the chair


Holly McGlynn was stunned last March when she received a Facebook message from Christiaan “Otter” Bailey, a professional surfer and skateboarder.


The healing waves of surfing

Patricia La Bella, Orange County High School Sports Examiner

One chilly afternoon atop a Utah mountain, 15-year old Spencer Fox‟s life changed. While snowboarding, Spencer caught an edge on his board and catapulted head first into a rock-hard snow bank. This tragic accident broke Spencer‟s neck, crushing his spine in two places.


The Ocean is a Great Teacher.” The Ocean Healing Group makes a HUGE difference in the lives of these young people…

Celia A. Brewer

The organization — “Ocean Healing Group — is the brainchild of Frank Bauer, an Aspen volunteer firefighter, longtime local and lifelong surfer.

In my last entry, I conveyed our excitement about an upcoming trip to Costa Rica with Ocean Healing Group (OHG), an organization dedicated to taking kids in wheelchairs on week-long adaptive surf adventures in Costa Rica.


Aspen-based nonprofit teaches wheelchair-bound kids to surf

By Andrew Travers

An Aspen-based nonprofit is empowering kids with disabilities by teaching them to surf in Costa Rica.

It might come as a surprise that the world’s only surf camp for disabled kids and teens is based here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, far from any ocean shores.


Making Anything Possible

By Erika Bogan

As a nine-year veteran and athlete in the disability community, I have been blessed with many adventures and opportunities to meet some of the most amazing, vivacious people in the world. When I sustained a spinal-cord injury at age 21, as a result of a domestic violence incident, I had no idea it would be the start of a new life.

From the very beginning, I made up my mind anything was possible, and I was not only going to prove that to myself but to others through my journey. Some of the opportunities I have been blessed with include holding the title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2010, being part of Team Colours, for Colours Wheelchair, and of course participating in my favorite sport, surfing…


A "surf’s up" Thanksgiving for local disabled teenager

By Berkeley Brean

Chase Marcott straps himself into wheelchair do one of the things he loves. Basketball.

Born with spina bifida, Chase has lived his whole life in a wheelchair. But he’s on the Rochester wheelchair basketball team and he competes in track and field. And the trophies and medals on display in his home shows he does both well…
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OHG Continues its Outreach

As the U.S. Open of Surfing begins in Huntington Beach, a young South African woman has an experience she will never forget