PURE joy is how Bree Pennie describes her feelings when she watches her soon to be five-year-old son Dax at a disabled surf event.
Dax Roberts, like most children his age, loves getting outside feeling the wind in his hair and making the most of the wonderful Shoalhaven coastline.
"Dax loves the water," Bree said.
Dax, however, was born with Cytomegalovirus (CMV) which left him with several conditions including quadriplegic Dystonic Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, vision loss and small head size.
Dax is an inspiration and he takes on anything life throws at him with a smile on his face.
Taking part in disabled surf day, like the one coming up on Saturday, November 9 at Mollymook Beach, puts a smile on Dax's face.
His mum Bree, a Burrill Lake resident, said she and other members of her family also get caught up in the wave after wave of special emotions from the day.
"Our seven-year-old daughter Dylan asked the other day 'mum can I be a volunteer'," Bree said.
"My sister Lori is coming down all the way from the Gold Coast to take part."
Dax's dad Mitch is also looking forward to catching a wave or two with his little mate.
Bree says from participants, families, volunteers to the organisers from South Coast Branch of the Disabled Surf Association - it's hard to find anyone who does not end up loving the disabled surf events.
She has fond memories of a day a person with Down syndrome caught a wave.
"He was pumping his fist and everyone was cheering him on," she said.
Even people walking by stop and watch.
Bree says more parents and carers with disabled children should also take part.
She has the perfect thing to convince them.
"I would just show them a video of Dax at one of the surf days," Bree said.
"Hands down - they (the surf days) are just the best."
Bree says if they could afford it her family would travel around the world following the disabled surf event circuit.
The good news is the event organisers need more volunteers.
As a volunteer, you will not only be taking part in a great event but would also get to meet legendary gromets like Dax.
"Dax is a character and he has this infectious laugh," Bree said.
There are jobs for all - you do not have to be a surfer to volunteer.
For more information go to www.disabledsurfers.org or contact Ian on 0421 601 222, Sandra 0402 806 622 or Jim 0458 759 999.
Sign on for volunteers is from 8.30 am and 9 am for surfers.
Dax is also looking forward to going to big school next year and will be attending Ulladulla Public.