Heroes on the Water Vanderbilt, TexasTournament Location : Vanderbilt, Texas Angler Participation : Jeff Herman, Sam Rinando Date : February 28, 2009 Conditions : Temp 55' Clear Skies and Windy.
Team Ocean Kayak was invited to participate in the most recent Heroes on the Water event benefiting our recovering heroes of the armed services. The program provides basic kayak fishing instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers. The program also assists these personnel in adapting these newly developed skills to their new abilities. Adaptive kayaks, kayaking accessories and angling equipment will be offered on an as needed basis to accommodate a soldiers particular needs. Teammates Sam Rinando, Jeff Herman, and Ocean Kayak Pro staff Jim Sammons were on hand to help with the logistics of the event. Jim flew in to Texas from his home in California.
The event was held at Will Manske’s family ranch in Vanderbilt on the Texas Coast near Lavaca bay. Team Ocean Kayak was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this event. Although the weather did not cooperate, it gave the volunteers plenty of downtime to interact and have fun with the soldier and give the soldier the opportunity to laugh and have fun outside the structured environment of treatment they have been undergoing. From all the smiling faces it was evident that the event was a huge success. Initial feedback from the soldiers commander was that the guys and gals couldn’t stop talking about the fun they had last weekend.