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North County seniors find therapy for 19 years through boogie boarding

Posted at 9:20 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 12:20:50-05

SOLANA BEACH — SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) -- "People stop us because they say, 'You guys are so cute,' and they're obviously saying that because we're old."

Do not let the women, in their 60s to mid 90s, of Fletcher Cove's boogie board group fool you. They have a lot of what you could call "beach cred" in their books.

"3 of us have now been boogie boarding for 19 years," said Fran Dyer, one of the original members. "You just need a board, and feel comfortable in the water and it doesn't take a lot of skill. The biggest problem is our knees get a little wobbly."

It all started with Newcomes San Dieguieto, a group that connects senior with with fun activities. And in a city where endless sunshine meets coastline, the perfect paring washing ashore.

"One day we said 'hey guys we're out here at 1030, why don't we get our boards?' And that's how we started and have been doing it ever since," Dyer said.

The pandemic put a short break in their wave, but it was no wipeout. After a stint of beach closures the ladies have been back and are out nearly three times a week.

"You're just a group of people that forget about your age, COVID, how you look. Everything is just gone and it's just a group of friends playing and laughing in the waves."