MBAC accessible skier brings home gold

For the past eight years Scott Leason has been training at MBAC, twice a week, year-round to compete and qualify for the US Disabled Water Ski National Championships. In June, Scott accomplished his goal of qualifying for the national championship by bringing home gold in the regional qualifier.

Check out the camp fun on Facebook

ou can check out all the fun going on at camp on the camp Facebook page at facebook.com/watersportscamp! This is a great way to see your camper participating in watersports with their new friends while experiencing all the fun that camp has to offer! Give us a “like” on Facebook and check it out!

Paddle under the stars this summer

A new offering that we have at MBAC this summer is our Moonlight Stand Up Paddling excursion. This brand new class will allow you to paddle under the light of the moon and stars on the glassy water of Mission Bay.

7/8/14

New sculling equipment arrives at MBAC



For decades thousands of beginning scullers experienced their first strokes as a rower in one of MBAC's wherry rowing shells.  Marking an end of an era, and the beginning of a new chapter, MBAC has replaced it's fleet of aging wherries with new modern sculling shells designed to be easy to learn on and a pleasure to row as you grow in experience.

The new fleet consists of Edon TS515 shells with the Dreher sculling oars.  Built with similar construction to a kayak, the boats are durable, responsive, and have surprised many experienced rowers who were happy with their performance.   The feedback is that the boat moves effortlessly through the water and makes for a very meditative experience.

For those of you looking to experience these new rowing shells, our Sculling Level 1 class will provide you with the skills to feel confident rowing your own boat. These classes are instructed by our very experienced and friendly rowing instructors who are there to help guide you with your newfound sport, or give you a few pointers if you want a refresher on rowing.  We offer beginner to advanced classes that can be purchased as a package to save you money.

Once you complete the sculling classes, your instructor will check you off so you will able to rent the shells on your own. Rentals can also be purchased as a discounted package, or you can purchase an annual sculling pass for only $285.00.

Be one of the first customers to experience the amazing new rowing shells and sign up for a sculling class today!

MBAC accessible skier brings home gold



For the past eight years Scott Leason has been training at MBAC, twice a week, year-round to compete  and qualify for the US Disabled Water Ski National Championships.  In June, Scott accomplished his goal of qualifying for the national championship by bringing home gold in the regional qualifier.

Twenty one years ago, Scott Leason was shot in the head during a robbery at a convenience store and blinded for the rest of his life.  While most people might let this bring them down, Scott is grateful to be alive and actively living a life any adventure seeker craves.   He has found solice in training where he not only improves his waterskiing and wakeboarding skills, but also a sense of purpose through competitive spirit.

Every year, Scott attends the US Disabled Water Ski National Championships in hopes of a gold medal. The competitive event, put on by USA Waterski, provides opportunities for people with varying disabilities to compete on a national level.  This year’s competition will be held August 29-31 in Talking Rock, Georgia.

A few weeks ago, Scott competed at the Western Regional Disabled Water Skiing Tournament in Elk Grove, California where he claimed the gold medal.  He’s hoping that this will be a prediction of what his results will be like at nationals.  He has some tough competition at nationals,  but is confident in his pursuit of a gold medal.  We are all hoping this will be the year that all of his hard work pays off.

To check out Scott’s adventurous and active lifestyle, check out his photos on his Facebook page, Never Lose Sight. You can also view a short documentary, True Vision, about his endeavors at vimeo.com/24253075.

We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and will be cheering him on to bring home the gold at nationals!

Check out the camp fun on Facebook!



You can check out all the fun going on at camp on the camp Facebook page at facebook.com/watersportscamp! This is a great way to see your camper participating in watersports with their new friends while experiencing all the fun that camp has to offer! Give us a “like” on Facebook and check it out!

Camp Parents: We are posting pictures from camp for the enjoyment of our camp families and participants. If at any time you have any concerns about a particular photo or wish to have a photo of your camper removed, please do not hesitate to contact us at (858) 539-2003.

Paddle under the stars this summer



A new offering that we have at MBAC this summer is our Moonlight Stand Up Paddling excursion.  This brand new class will allow you to paddle under the light of the moon and stars on the glassy water of Mission Bay.  The incredible night skyline is an amazing sight rarely seen from the water.  This excursion will start with a brief paddle and safety talk before launching your paddleboards.  Your instructors will guide you around Mission Bay for a couple hours, before returning to MBAC just in time for the Sea World fireworks.  This fun and adventurous excursion is only $49 per person, $39 with an SDSU or UCSD current student ID card, or only $5 if you are a member of Aztec Recreation.  Check this activity off your summer bucket list and sign up today!

6/25/14

The Watersports Camp kicks off another great season

New counselors getting fired up for camp during training.



Get excited campers! The Watersports Camp is back and ready for another fun-filled season! This week is the opening session kicking off 12 weeks of summer fun with our new crew of camp staff who will be joining some of your old favorites. They have been hard at work preparing to enthusiastically teach wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddling, windsurfing, and marine science all summer long. Don't forget about our newest camp- Introduction to Watersports, specifically for younger campers, ages 6 to 8 to get acquainted with the camp environment.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s never been a better time! Take advantage of our June Multi-Week Special where you save 10% when signing up for at least two weeks in June. We look forward to creating many new memories this summer!

Camps are already filling up so reserve your spot now at www.watersportscamp.com!

6/12/14

Enjoy a great day and support a great cause at the La Jolla Arts Festival




The only thing that can beat a beautiful day of checking out award-winning artwork while sipping a tasty craft brew or fine wine is supporting a great cause while doing so.  The La Jolla Arts Festival at UCSD on June 21-22 gives you the opportunity to do both.

The Festival, produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis, raises money for sports programs for persons with disabilities, including the accessible watersports program at MBAC.  The high quality showcase event features nearly 200 award-winning artists, outstanding entertainment, delicious cuisines and your favorite fine wine and craft beer. This is the 28th annual event and will be held on June 21-22 at UCSD Warren Field.  On Saturday, June 21, American Idol finalist Casey Abrams will be performing on the Main Stage from 2:00pm-4:45pm.

This year's festival has special meaning for MBAC as the Torrey Pines Kiwanis recently presented a check for $50,000 to MBAC towards the purchase of new equipment and boats for accessible watersports.  The generous gift is an enormous boost and will have a huge effect on accessible watersports in San Diego.  People will be benefiting from this generous gift for years to come.

Use the coupon code: MBAC when purchasing discounted tickets online at http://lajollaartfestival.org/tickets-2014 and MBAC will receive 50% of online ticket sales from the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation as a donation for our program.

For more information on the festival and to purchase your tickets today please visit www.ljfa.org.