Welcome to Surf For All!
Surf For All is a non for profit organization based in Long Beach, NY. We are dedicated to assisting individuals and exposing them to the ocean and the joy of surfing as well as maximizing their potential. We believe the ocean is a source of healing and spiritual strength that should be accessible to all.
WHO WE ARE
Surf For All’s roots originated in 2002 with the development of a surf program for developmentally disabled teenagers. Over the years we expanded our outings to cover a broader spectrum of disabilities–from Autism, Cerebral Palsy, global developmental delays, visual impairment and others. We work closely with the Long Beach School District and provide weekly lessons at no cost for students ages five to twenty during the summer special education program. We have also expanded and work closely with Wounded Warriors, providing lessons and support for our military heroes and their families. We also provide programs for the economically disadvantaged. Our work has been featured on network television, major newspapers, radio, social media and elsewhere. Our message is always the same: We get just as much enjoyment out of the program as our students. Some of our students cannot walk, cannot speak, cannot see but they demonstrate shared humanity because when they get in the water they have a sense of independence and freedom that often cannot be demonstrated in other more traditional settings.
FOUNDERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
There are six board members of Surf For All. We have full 501(c)3 status from the IRS and are approved as a tax exempt charity.
set up the first New York outing for disabled children in 2002 with his friend, internationally known surfer and autism expert Izzy Paskowitz. Jim’s son Dan, has profound autism. Dan was one of the first students in the water. Jim is a consultant who provides security and anti-terrorism advice for clients here and abroad. He is a former journalist and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. In the winter he is an on-ice coach for a hockey team of young adults with autism. Jim is a board member.
has a passion for working with students with disabilities and he is a Co-Founder, President and Chairman of the Board for Surf For All (non-profit organization) which helps individuals with special needs learn how to surf. He is also co-owner and president of Skudin Surf Inc., as well as a formally nationally-ranked lifeguard and experienced water man. Cliff is a certified New York State Teacher and holds a Masters degree in Physical Education. He has also has been nominated into the XXL awards in big wave surfing from 2011 – 2015.
Will is an internationally recognized big wave surfer who finished 17th in the 2014-2015 Big Wave World Tour and has many big wave achievements over the past years in the XXL Awards. Co founder and Vice Chairman/Vice President of Surf for All sharing his passion of surfing with students with disabilities and teaching them how to surf. Along with bis brother he owns Skudin Surf teaching thousands of participants how to surf in a series of surf camps and lessons. .
Nancy has been volunteering her time to Surf For All for five years. She comes to us with her knowledge of surfing, kids and an administrative background. She has worked on the Manhasset School Safety and Allergy Committee assisting in making the school a safer place for all students. Her dedication to the Surf For All foundation makes her a valuable part of the Surf For All team as Secretary for Surf For All.
Luis Centeno is the treasurer of Surf For All. He has been an non-profit accountant for the past twenty plus years. Luis has a degree in Accounting and a Masters in Finance. Luis has set up several non-profit organizations through his career. He also has coordinated grants for the these organizations.
Dr. Jeanine Sorensen has been involved with Surf for All for eight years bringing students with disabilities surfing throughout the Summer as well as providing consultation to the organization. Dr. Sorensen holds a doctorate degree in school-community psychology. She has been working for the public school system for 16 years as a school psychologist with students of varying disabilities. Dr. Sorensen has worked with multiple age levels and has a wide range of experience with behavior intervention. She is also the mother of two children and has knowledge of surfing. Dr. Sorensen’s clinical, educational and personal experiences support the organization as Treasurer.
Our surf volunteers and staff members are all certified surf instructors and/or licensed New York State lifeguards. They range from students to teachers, from businessmen to politicians, moms and dads and at least one grandparent. We have been fortunate to have some of the biggest names in international surfing involved. It’s quite a rush for a child to get a lesson then go home and Google the name of his instructor and see that the teacher is a star. It’s like playing catch with Derek Jeter.