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.


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.

Jim 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.

 Cliff has a passion for working with students with disabilities and he is a Co-Founder of 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 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.  .


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.

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