Surfing The Spectrum

“Surfing the Spectrum” is a short documentary about Natalie Pepper and Spectrum Surf Camps, told through interviews with her, the campers, families and volunteers who participate each year.
Students and staff from UCPNB’s Cypress School have participated in the Spectrum Surf Camps with Natalie Pepper at Stinson Beach since the summer of 2014. The camps provide students with special needs the opportunity to experience the rush of catching a wave on a surfboard, something most of whom have never thought they could do.
The results are amazing and certain to lift the spirits of all who witness it.

Our Boarding School

Students at Cypress School in Petaluma, California have recently been introduced to a variety of board sports from surfing to skateboarding, and for youngsters like this it is a behavior-changing and empowering experience as they all have special needs and have never been given opportunities to try these activities before.

With the help of dedicated staff and enlightened visitors, the kids are now not only riding, but also building both functional and art decor skateboards as well, some of which ended up in a massive group art show in San Francisco.

Witness the power that boarding can have in changing the way people with special needs carry themselves and inspire those around them.

Cypress School provides many amazing opportunities for students and staff to participate in at the school and out in the community as seen in these “Cypress Shorts” below.

Kala Brand Music Co. Tour

Santa’s Adventure

The Xyloboard

Cypress Disc Golf

UCP Magic and Joy in 2014

San Jose Giants Day

Magic and Comedy

Ice Bucket Challenge

The Whale Bus

China Camp Field Trip

Footloose Dance Center (Happy)

Friday Drumming

Extreme Skate School trailer – Cypress Shorts

Golden State Warriors “Make a Basket”

Nickels For Nonprofits

“Hound Dog” Elvis Presley tribute

“Make a Basket”

Sebastopol Fire Deptartment

Ellen Blakeley Studio

Snow Ball

Danny and the Dog

“Mirrors” Looper Pedal

Hardly Strictly Bluegass field trip

Pumpkin Drummin’

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United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay‘s Special Affects team joined Buddy Cruise Inc. recently on their first cruise back since the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was an incredible time for all! Families voyaged to Cozumel, Mexico, and Coco Cay in the Bahamas during the 5-day trip, with plenty of time for fun, education and camaraderie at sea! Here is a small sample of the fun! Join us in September 2022 for the next adventure headed to Aruba! Learn more at
Photography by Brian Dettor Photography and Gatlin Photography
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Saturday was the long awaited return of Wheely Fun Day! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who showed up, participated, volunteered and sponsored the event that was so much fun for all! We are already looking forward to next year! See MoreSee Less

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