Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex West and Kyle Buckett.
Alex and Kyle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started volunteering as an adaptive surf instructor for Navy Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) “surf clinic” in May 2014. It was at the clinic that I noticed what an incredible impact the program had on wounded or injured veterans whom benefited from being in the ocean.
The instruction at the clinic was incredible but a lot of the gear being used was basic, overused and often not designed for the specific injuries such as amputations. It was then that I began to wonder if there was a non-profit or organization that provided adaptive surf equipment for adaptive surfers.
After a lot of research, I couldn’t find a non-profit that specialized in the production and procurement of customized adaptive surfing equipment. It wasn’t until one morning during the Del Mar surf clinic that I had my “ah ha moment”. I was with a young Marine whom had lost his leg. As we were sitting in the line-up, I notice he had a big smile on his face. After asking him why he was smiling he replied with, “When I’m out in the waster no one stares at me as the guy missing a leg. And when I catch a wave….there is no more pain.”
THAT WAS IT!
On the way home from the clinic, I stopped by a book store and bought a Non-Profit for Dummies book and in March of 2015, One More Wave started.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There has been several tough times for One More Wave.
One More Wave was initially started by Alex West and James McFadden giving the organization a $500 loan each. From that initial loan we were able to start our legal paperwork and buy a handful of t-shirts that we hoped would generate enough money to create our first surfboard. It took us about three months and several small events before we could raise enough money to create our first board, pay ourselves back from the initial loan and create our first website.
Currently both Alex and Kyle volunteer 25-35 hours a week after our day jobs in the military. This has been tough on our family and personal life.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We create world class customized surfing solutions. As far as I know there isn’t an organization in the World that has created as many adaptive surfboards as One More Wave. And it’s not just the creation, it is the care and effort placed in each board. For example, for one of our boards it is not uncommon for us to fly a veteran in from the east coast, put him up in a hotel and surf with him every day for a week. Each surf session utilizing our specialized surfboards to study adaptive modifications in-order to develop the best possible solution(s) we can. Not stopping with just the shape, we bring the veteran in to help design what their board will look like. Customized graphics, paint, pin-lines and carbon fiber are added to the board with the veteran’s vision of the board. We want the board to look exactly how the veteran wants it. It is this intense attention to design that I believe makes each of our boards truly one of a kind.
It doesn’t just end with the specialized of the board, we also do custom wetsuits, and all the ancillary gear that accompanies surfing. Whatever we can do to get our veterans surf therapy!
What were you like growing up?
Fun & Awesome
- FREE for our veterans!
- Address: 3960 W. Point Loma Blvd
Suite H #342
San Diego, CA 92110-5643
- Website: www.onemorewave.net
- Phone: 619.880.2926
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