“When you can find a kid who has a disability whether it's blindness or in a wheelchair and bring them out surfing, it kind of gives them the confidence they can do anything,” Murphy said.
Just like with any beginner, the surf school starts slowly on the sand, but it doesn't take long to get these kids riding waves of happiness.
“The ultimate goal for us is to just make a little change for the positive in these kids’ lives, to know they can set their limits as high as they like,” Murphy said. “In the end, we feel like if we can make a little difference in these kids lives it's a good thing.
“I just think we're a couple of goofballs who found the ocean to be good for us and wanted to share it,” Viorel said.
Murphy said the two love teaching people to surf. “For us, getting kids with disabilities in the water is the easier thing in the world,” Murphy said.
Their job is made even easier with children like Dyan Ocampo, who are willing to take the challenge.
Dyan, 10, learned how to surf at a recent camp, despite being nearly blind.
“It’s like kind of being on the sidewalk, but it’s water,” he said.
The surf camps are held through the fall.