WSVN -- Life's a beach for these lucky kids. They're learning all about surfing and getting some good life lessons as well.
Maui Goodbeer: "We have developed a surfing program here in South Beach going into the inner city. It's a mentoring program that really, really works with their minds to get their minds off the streets and into the waves."
The program is called Streetwaves. Maui Goodbeer started it after his own brother was killed during a gang initiation. He hopes to keep inner city kids away from street violence.
Maui Goodbeer: "One day, I paddled out on a lone surf session, and it came to me to bring these kids to the beach to teach them the art of surfing. I know that it's so life-changing, the ocean is very healing."
And Maui says the kids are getting the message.
Maui Goodbeer: "I say, what has surfing done for you, and courage is one of the main things I've heard them say inspiration, dedication, stick-to-it-ivness. They're really challenged out there."
Deandre Holton: "It's been like magic actually, you know, it's like you're walking on water, and you're moving at flying speed, so it's been really fun."
These surfers are from the Overtown Youth Center.
Fred Rosario: "I think it's a great opportunity, I mean, this is the first opportunity for our kids to even be exposed to surfing. Their concept is that surfing was something that other people did."
Each Streetwaves program lasts 16 weeks. Some kids even have to learn to swim first, but they say it's all worth it.
Deandre Holton: "He changed my life. He changed my brother's and my surfing partner's life, and he's making a statement to everybody across the world that this is something that needs to happen."
Andrew Penn: "It's going to be part of my life forever. I want my kids to get up on these boards too."
Lynn Martinez: "Streetwaves is also looking for volunteers and donations to help them take the program statewide."
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