The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents the Sixth Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction. 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 Holiday Surfboard Auction features a unique collection of surfboards highlighting boards from surf legends, talented artists, celebrities and renowned musicians. This year’s auction opens on November 23 with bids closing at noon on December 31, 2013. Commitments for this year’s auction include signed boards from Greg Long, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mark Healy and Josh Kerr, as well boards by artists Paul Bond, Steve Wan, Dana Kirkpatrick and Tee Celestino. All of the boards are displayed at the resort while the auction is open. For more information or to please a bid online, visit www.biddingforgood.com/surfershealing
The concept for The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Holiday Surfboard Auction was developed by General Manager Bruce Brainerd. In 2008, the Surfboard Auction raised more than $13,000 for Surfers Healing. Two years later in 2010, the resort launched its Surfing Santa Competition. Since then, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel resort has raised more than $120,000 for Surfers Healing. 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.