VIRGINIA BEACH—When a young surfer died at Croatan Beach before Hurricane Irene, his family was distraught.
“The only thing I feel bad about is that I didn’t get to say goodbye to him,” mother Jean Brackins said.
Lee Terrell was 22 years old, and he loved to surf. In August of 2011, just before the storm hit at Croatan Beach, he did a barrel roll into the water. Lee didn’t realize he was on top of a sandbar. He broke his neck.
“They worked on him for about 45 minutes on the beach. He was surrounded by good people,” Brackins remembered.
Lee’s mother was already at the hospital by the time his stepfather arrived. “There are only a few times you can say, ‘come on Lee; come on Lee,’ before you realize I’ve said it too many times,” Brian Brackins explained.
After Lee died, his mother decided to honor him by creating a surf camp, called “Lee’s Lil Shorebreakers.”
Mojo Collins, a legend along the Outerbanks, is one of three bands that are performing for Lee to raise money and awareness for the camp, “I’m a guy that does events for fundraisers, and they’re the most important events I can ever have.”
The Global Surf Network helped organize a fundraiser held at Calypso on Atlantic Avenue Saturday night. “I know that he is with me, and I know that he is smiling down on all of us. He’s very proud of what we are doing,” Rob Beedie said.
If you would like to donate to help Lee’s Lil Shorebreakers, you can visit the foundation's website.