Surf Quest was created by former professional surfer Pete Skoglund in cooperation with The Arc of the St. Johns
in St. Augustine, Florida. Over the years Pete has seen a void that needed to be filled as, many men, women and
children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities were missing the opportunity to enjoy the ocean and
connect to a caring and sharing community of avid surfers.
Program is a free monthly event with trained volunteers who introduce adaptive
aquatic recreation using specialized surfboards and flotation devices for anyone with a disability. All ages and
abilities are welcome. This program allows family and friends to participate in outdoor recreation as ohana
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- Surf Quest empowers people with disabilities by providing adaptive surfing instruction and therapeutic
educational programs on water recreation, and enriches lives by assisting families to access the beach and ocean
together in a barrier free environment.
- Surf Quest will act as an advocate for accessibility to the water that will allow people with limited mobility to
reach the beach (i.e. wheelchairs, assisted devices, strollers, etc.).
- Surf Quest will provide adaptive equipment with educational programs for the advancement of adaptive surfing.
- Surf Quest will develop partnerships to expand the awareness of safe adaptive aquatic recreation.
Pete's vision quickly extended to all levels of disabilities, including those men and women returning from military
engagements overseas. Surf Quest is a total volunteer program supported by kindred and caring business and
individuals as presenting, equipment and event sponsors.