Surf Program Builds Blind Kids' Confidence

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Learning to surf is a challenge for just about anyone, but imagine trying to learn without being able to see when a wave is coming or even how big it is.

The "Surf for All" program in Long Island, N.Y., is looking to prove that being blind doesn't have to hold you back from anything, even surfing.

Program instructors teach blind children to surf by feel. They let the children feel the surf board and what its like to stand on it. Then they take the instruction into the water.

"At first you'll feel a little bit nervous, but then when you feel the water coming you'll relax," 13-year-old student Guiliana DiBernardo said.

The program builds self-confidence and helps children conquer their fears.

"At first I was really scared, but it was awesome!" Guiliana's best friend, Danielle Melendez, exclaimed.

"This shows her that her blindness doesn't have to hold her back from anything," said Danielle's mom, Jennifer Melendez.

The instructors say when children finish the program, they leave feeling empowered.

"It's got to lift them up -- to think how much more they can accomplish," said Will Skudin, the program's co-founder.

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