Surfers Healing is a (free!) one-day camp held all around the United States for children with autism. Sounds pretty great, right? We thought so too. Because sometimes weirdly lucky things happen, it turns Moshe is friends with Daniel Paisner, who co-wrote a book about Izzy Paskowitz, the surfing guru—and autism dad—behind the program.
First Moshe reached out to the organization about the possibility of holding a local event. Then he found a couple of awesome friends to host and sponsor. Now, a couple of months later, Surfer’s Healing is officially slated to come to our area!
Check out the list of upcoming dates to see if they’re stopping over near you, too. Then watch their clip from “Last Call With Carson Daly.”
In the video, Izzy and his wife Danielle talk about how therapeutic surfing has been for their son Isaiah who has autism—as well as for the other children they take out. There’s also some footage from “The Swell Life,” a reality show about their family from the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The part that really got me was the mom of a camper getting choked up watching her son on the water.
“I wasn’t sure if he would like it but he’s having such a good time,” she said through happy tears.
I know exactly what she means—I’ve said the same thing so many times. I’m never surprised that Benjamin can do something, it’s just that his anxiety often gets in the way of him trying and/or enjoying new things. There is hands down absolutely nothing better than watching him go for something and love it. Such as, for example, surfing.
See that fuzzy, speck of a person out there? That’s Benjamin. On a surfboard. Where he remained for a solid 90 minutes.
Something tells me he’s going to have fun at camp.