Urban Surf 4 Kids + Capital One

Teenager John Culpepper has had a tough childhood.  He grew up separated from his parents and has lived in numerous foster homes and homeless shelters.  Although John has suffered through a lot of trauma, he maintains the strength and desire to succeed.  His magnetic personality caught the attention of  Capital One and nonprofit organization, Urban Surf 4 Kids.  Together, they flew John from Arizona to San Diego to experience surf therapy, a recent development in psychotherapy treatment that is being prescribed by doctors in the UK and other European countries.  I flew out to Pheonix to film his journey to La Jolla Shores where he caught his first wave and met with mentors.  This has been one of the more fulfilling projects I’ve worked on in the last few months and I loved being part of John’s experience surfing for the first time. 

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