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Kids with autism learn to surf with help from nonprofit

Kidsday reporter Erin Horigan and her instructor take

Kidsday reporter Erin Horigan and her instructor take on the waves at Surfer's Way camp. Photo Credit: Horigan family

Surfing feels like an adventure that takes me to a new world. At first I feel the sand between my feet. Then, I feel like I am floating through the clouds. When the waves come, they take me and my surfboard with them fast, like a race car. I have to keep my balance. When you fall, you get back up and try again. The volunteer surfer keeps me safe and gives me directions. Sometimes I get nervous, but I still love it. Being on the ocean makes me feel calm.

Surfer’s Way (surfersway.org) is a nonprofit organization that uses volunteers to take kids with autism and special needs surfing. I have been surfing with them in Long Beach for four years. I have autism, and doing this gives me confidence and a love for the ocean. Their motto is: “Empowering Children with Special Needs.”

Every summer I look forward to Surfer’s Way coming to Long Island to take me surfing!

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