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by AVENUE insider Photographed by Bill Delano
Monday, September 11, 2017
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On September 9, A Walk on Water hosted children with special needs and their families for two days in Montauk for its third annual East Coast Surf Therapy event. The event and fundraiser attracted Cynthia Rowley and Alexandra Richards, who celebrated and honored A Walk on Water’s work.


Guests of the event and friends of the organization came together to fundraise for the organization, as kids enjoyed two days of surfing. In a silent auction, attendees bid on items donated by artists and designers such as ocean paintings, a “personal brand” photography session, an acoustic guitar signed by Shakira, and more.


A Walk on Water began in 2000 by holding events in California from early spring to late fall, when the weather was warm and the surfing conditions were best. Since then they have reached New York, and they hope to expand even more to eventually offer year round surf therapy events.


The programs are designed to bring out the self-confidence and athleticism of those with special needs, including ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and more. Siblings are encouraged to participate as well, while parents are allowed a day of relaxation on shore.


A Walk on Water says many families experience noticeable benefits, especially with regard to behavioral improvements. The power of surfing is that they’re able to explore a new world, with the comfort of their friends and family around them.




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