Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many children with autism, 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, they began to host day camps at the beach where children with autism and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.

This will be the 15th year that Virginia Beach has hosted the Surfers Healing Foundation Team. Each year has been a huge success thanks to the sea of support from our many Community Partners, Sponsors and Volunteers. This occasion has been rated by locals and participating families as one of the most touching and most inspirational events they have ever experienced!


2019 virginia beach camp registration is closed

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To say..."we are beyond grateful" would be an understatement.

Surfers Healing - Virginia Beach was included with very deserving charities all of whom would've used this very generous donation in amazing ways. We are very fortunate our Surfers Healing - Virginia Beach Ohana and others elsewhere, helped us pull this out. THANKS One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning!

So STOKED for Surfers Healing 2019...BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!


Registration for the 2019 camp is officially closed! Good luck to everyone who registered!


Learn all about our camp, what to expect on camp day and frequently asked questions.


For many of us, we take a simple day at the beach for granted.  What seems typical to many  – to truly feel the calming power of the sea, bask in the warmth of the sand and splash along the water’s edge – is a luxury to the families who must face the difficulties that come with supporting a son, daughter, brother or sister with autism. Our camps are completely free thanks to our sponsors.

It made me so happy to be surrounded by people that “get it” and accepted our children and enjoyed spending the day with them!
— Attendee