Surfers Healing shows the caring side of surfers

Special to the Folly Current

Each year, dozens of local amateur and pro surfers, along with hundreds of volunteers, flood the beach in front of The Tides hotel for the annual Surfer’s Healing event.

Surfers Healing is a non-profit organization founded in the late-1990s that invites Autistic children from around the region to come surf at Folly Beach. The local event is one of 16 other Surfer’s Healing events taking place in 2015 throughout the country.

Founded by pro-surfer Israel Paskowitz and his wife, Danielle, on behalf of their son, Isaiah, the program seeks to enrich the lives of children diagnosed with autism through the transformative experience of surfing. The camps are free to participants.

The local chapter of Surfer’s Healing has been fundraising and calling for volunteers all summer long. A fundraising event will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at Loggerhead’s Beach Grill. Tickets are $15 and include food and live music from local musicians. There will also be a raffle  where a $5 ticket gets you a chcance to win $5,000.

Another fundraiser/volunteer drive starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 upstairs in The Green Room at St. James Gate. A $5 donation is requested at the door and the evening will include entertainment by Whiskey Diablo.

For more information on the Folly Beach Surfer’s Healing 2015, visit, or contact event organizer Nancy Hussey at 843-343-4047.

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