Surfer’s Healing is an organization that was started by a surfer who had a kid with Autism.
He wanted to be able to give all kids with Autism (and other disabilities) the experience of riding the waves. So he set it up, and it’s all over the place.
The way it works is that they have a day-long event in a given area, then move on to another location for another day-long event. They go all over the United States as well as Australia and New Zealand – their schedule for the next few months is linked here.
I went because, well, how could I not? Right in our backyard? Sure, I’ll take the kids! But I didn’t have huge expectations. I am pretty sure I half-thought it might be another one of those types of events where everyone needs to pray and you get the feeling that the organization putting it on thinks that they are doing A REALLY GOOD THING by putting it on. You know the type, “kumbaya, oh special needs!”
But I was totally wrong.
The first person we ran into was the former Vice Principal of Moxie’s school – turns out she’s a long-time surfer and was there to help out. Then we ran into one of Moxie’s teachers. This even was chock full of everyone from our local community, and that was awesome. Plus, of course, Moxie’s best friend.
Here’s a photo essay of our day with Surfer’s Healing:
What I loved about what Surfer’s Healing is doing is that they are a bunch of unpretentious people who love the waves and are very good at riding them. They are coming together to share that love with kids.
There wasn’t a vibe there that was about anything else, and I really appreciated that.
And hey! Check it out! They put all of us in their video!
Surfer's Healing: Our Day with the Waves!
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.