Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOSTER KIDS HANG 10; Surfing Camp Provides First Taste of Ocean for Students

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOSTER KIDS HANG 10; Surfing Camp Provides First Taste of Ocean for Students

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As a marketing manager for Volcom, a clothing manufacturer that caters to surfers, skateboarders and snowboarders, Daniel Terry has plenty of experience organizing surfing events.

Heading up a surf camp for foster kids seemed to be a natural way to spend Father's Day weekend, he said. His dad, Rick Terry, taught him to surf and has spent his career with the Department of Children and Families helping kids in the foster care system.

So Saturday about 15 foster kids, and another 15 volunteers, gathered on the sand near 16th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach for the third annual Foster Kids Surf Camp.

The event took place in the shadow of the Seascape condominiums. The general contractor on that project was Richard Terry, Rick's father and Daniel's grandfather. "So he's here in spirit, too," Rick Terry said.

On a bright, hot morning, the ocean was pretty calm. Not a terrible thing, said Rick, given the fact that most of the campers had never been on a surfboard before and a few had never been in the ocean.

"Our worst fear is having big waves," he said.

"Usually the waves are a little bit better," said Daniel Terry. "But that's OK as long as the kids are having fun."

Daniel gave a short demonstration of how to go from a kneeling to a standing position while riding a surfboard. Then the campers, each accompanied by a coach, headed into the ocean to practice standing up on a surfboard.

Charley Kappel, who at 8 was the youngest camper, managed to stand up on the board on her very first wave.

"That was so cool," said her mom, Kim Kappel.

But it took awhile for Robert Kaczetow, 13, who had never surfed before.

Robert arrived at the camp "hyper and ready to go," said his grandmother, Wanda Baltzell.

But once he got his board into the water and began working with a volunteer instructor, actually getting to his feet and staying on the board was a challenge.

Baltzell had retreated out of the sun and into the camp's tent when one of the volunteers found her. …

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