Boy with SMA learns to 'hang ten' with surf dog

Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 21:21:20-04

The surf was up in La Jolla Shores Wednesday as one newbie trying to catch his first wave taught all of us a few life lessons in the process.

"Yeah Logan, woo!" said Samantha Velchansky, Logan Velchansky's mom.

We start them young in San Diego

"Like growing up, you think, when you have your kid born in San Diego that they're going to be in the water and surfing," said Velchansky.

Logan is learning to surf, and he's only 5 years old.

"These are the things that you wish for as a mom," said Velchansky.

For so long, today wasn't part of Velchansky's reality.

Logan has spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA.

"It's hard to know that he's going to have a little bit more hardships in his life," said Velchansky. "I love this kid. Look at this. He's out here surfing."

And he's not alone. Ricochet is Logan's teacher and new best friend.

"He was really concerned that the sharks were going to come for him and Ricochet, so I think now he's a little more comfortable," said Velchansky.

And yes -- he's hanging ten.

"It kind of solidifies that fact that you can still have a great life even with a disability," said Velchansky

While Logan is a novice, you could say Ricochet is a pro.

"Ricochet is the one that jumped a surfboard with a boy who was quadriplegic six years ago," said Judy Fridono, Ricochet's owner.

And she keeps coming back.

"That gives so much empowerment to that child, that it's indescribable," said Fridono.

"It's just kind of surreal because you... I don't know, you just...” said Velchansky.

You find it hard to find a way to say thank you.

"It's so neat to know that you can have people like this that are coming out here and volunteering their time and helping him do something we never thought he'd be able to do since we got the diagnosis. You want to go again, we're really happy,” said Velchansky.