Said Garrett McNamara of his day with the autistic kids, "I flew over from Hawaii to help Izzy and the crew. Everything I've got from my life is through surfing so anytime I can give back, I'm in. My goal is to enable just one of these kids to learn to surf on their own one day." Photo: Jack English
A south swell blessed Malibu last weekend for the Surfers Healing Camp for autistic kids. Doing their part to share the stoke was Danny Fuller, Garrett “Big Mac” McNamara, actor Scott Caan, and the Paskowitz family.
About Surfers Healing:
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload—simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.
A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea–with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.
For more info on the organization, go to www.surfershealing.org
Hans Hagen and his little buddy rip Malibu at the Surfers Healing camp held last weekend there. Photo: Jack English