The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents the Fourth Annual Surfing Santa Competition. Honoring the resort’s longtime commitment to worthy causes, this event supports Surfers Healing, whose mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.
The Surfing Santa Competition, held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Salt Creek Beach, is a one-day competition where surfers dress like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and surf the waves at Salt Creek. The winner of the Big Air “Flying Rudolph” division receives a $1,000 cash prize. There are additional prizes in each of the other categories including Santa’s Helpers (15 and under), Santa’s Elves (16-20 year olds), Toymakers (ages 20+), and Yule Loggers (open long board). The entry fee is $50 in advance or $60 after November 21, 2013. Surfers can register online at www.surfingsantacontest.org
. About Surfers Healing
Surfers Healing seeks to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. Surfers Healing was founded by Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Izzy hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing. Each year, Surfers Healing hosts more than 3,500 autistic children for complimentary surf camps held across the country from Malibu and Doheny Beach in California to Wrightsville Beach, NC and Toronto, Canada. Click here
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