Welcome to Surf For All!
Surf For All is a charity based in Long Beach, NY, dedicated to assisting people in getting people into the ocean, on to surf boards to assist in maximizing their potential. We believe the ocean is a source of healing and spiritual strength that should be accessible to all. We are a volunteer driven organization with no paid employees.
WHO WE ARE
Surf For All’s roots go back to 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, visual impairment and others. We work closely with the Long Beach School District and provide free weekly lessons for middle school students during the summer special education program. We have also expanded beyond teenagers and work closely with Wounded Warriors, providing lessons and support for our military heroes. 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 more enjoyment out of the program than the students. Some of our students cannot walk, cannot speak, cannot see but they demonstrate shared humanity because when they get in the water they show that they know how to smile.
There are three board members of Surf For All. We have full 501(c)3 status from the IRS and are approved as a tax exempt charity.
Our volunteers 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 gotten some of the biggest names in international surfing involved. It’s quite a rush for a kid 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.