Paddling and Surfing to Raise Autism Awareness

We’re stoked to see so many events lately that paddlers and surfers are participating in to raise autism awareness…our V.P. of sales, Deb, has been involved in this field for over 20 years, and holds a Masters Degree in Education…along with forty eleven credentials…so she raises our awareness daily around the shop…;-)

Here are a couple of events that we are gonna shout out some props to…

Gerry Lopez, Darrick Doerner, Keith Malloy, Jericho Poppler and friends braved the Hudson River yesterday in NYC at the Second Annual SEA Paddle NYC, a 28-mile trek around the island of Manhattan, to raise autism awareness…

By: Tim Donnelly Photos: Donald Cresitello/ESM

August 20, 2008

They dodged sea planes, cruise ships, bridges, currents and commuter boats with jet propelled engines. They maneuvered around dangerous decrepit piers that were centuries old while working their way through headwinds that were brutal enough to even slow down legends like Gerry Lopez and Derrick Doerner.

Sixty men and women paddled and dug deep to paddle harder — some as if their life depended on it — at the Second Annual SEA Paddle NYC, a 28-mile trek around the island of Manhattan to raise awareness for autism and environmental concerns. Not exactly your typical day in a city where nothing is typical except the traffic and the rat race… Read Article…

Malibu surfers give autistic children something to splash about

All Photos and Captions: Steven Lippman July 5, 2008

Some of the Malibu’s finest came together last month for a safe and fun day with families and children affected by autism. The event, hosted by the Pat Notaro Memorial Fund through the children’s variety club and put on by Surfers Healing, saw sunny skies, and glassy, knee-to-waist high lines stretch from Surfrider Beach to the pier – perfect conditions to pass along the joys of waveriding.

“These children are incredibly in tune with the ocean,” said surf instructor Moses Paskowitz. “Every time I come out here I’m reminded why I became a surfer in the first place.”

Local guys like Allen Sarlo, Jordan Tappis, Donnie Wilson, Steve Lippman, Ryan Condor and Scott Caan were among the 20 pros that turned up for the cause – playing music, getting wet, hanging out, and grilling some grub. Said Tappis: “We rode waves together, we ate chicken, we laughed and we cried. It was hell of a way to kick off the summer.”

Surfers Healing has developed similar surf day camps for children with autism at beaches around the country. The organization was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz after their son Isaiah was diagnosed with autism. For children like Isaiah, the ocean is a calming remedy to regular sensory overload.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. It is estimated that 1 in every 150 children are affected. For more information on autism and the event, go to and for those who want to learn more about this condition, the following link provides broad overviews of and resources for the development disorder…


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