At a Surfers for Autism "SFA" Surfing Festival, our surfers are provided a safe environment where experienced surf instructors carefully guide them into waves.
Our surfers and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, bounce houses, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost.
This is a very special day where children with ASD interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities. These events are examples of inclusion at the highest level.
It was December of 2007 when a simple idea was presented to a small group of South Florida surfers whose lives and families have been touched by autism. The concept of introducing children on the autism spectrum to surfing took hold and the group began planning for the inaugural Deerfield Beach event.
On April 5, 2008, the inaugural Surfers For Autism event was held on the north side of the Deerfield Beach Pier where 40 surfers with autism and related developmental delays hit the water with the assistance of 100 volunteer surf instructors and 500 supportive onlookers.
The organization has since hosted events all over the state and abroad. Nearly every event on our tour has maxed out by reaching our limit of 200 registered participants, 350 volunteers and depending on the market, anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 beachcombers have packed local beaches to witness the wonder and transformation first-hand.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
None of this happens without your support so come Participate, Volunteer, Sponsor or simply cheer on our Surfers. One thing is for sure, you'll leave with a smile and a renewed faith in humanity.