Atlantic Beach police host free summer surfing camp

Event held at Ahearn St. Endzone Lifeguard Tower

By Ashley Mitchem - Reporter, anchor , Staff

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - The weather cooperated Saturday for a free surfing summer camp for kids hosted by the Atlantic Beach Police Department on International Surfing Day.

It was "Surf City" at Atlantic Beach. Besides community protector, you can add wave rider to the resumes of several Atlantic Beach police officers.

The Police Department held a free surf camp, where kids could surf with officers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ahearn St. Endzone Lifeguard Tower.

“We wanted to have an outreach to the community and all come together and do something to give back,” Atlantic Beach police Officer Tricia Anderson said.

Blake Martin came out with his two young daughters so they could try surfing for the first time.

“Just get them out to try new things and get comfortable and used to the water and water sports in the area,” Martin said.

He said he also wanted the chance to say thank you to the officers who keep his family safe.

“I think it's great. It's good for them to get out with the community and show their support, and we support all they do for us,” Martin said.

The ABPD told News4Jax it hopes to do the free camp again next year.

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