Pro Surfer Israel Paskowitz Inspires Kids with Autism to Smile and Surf

Israel (Izzy) Paskowitz, a pro surfer and champion long boarder, was at the top of his career and felt invincible when he and his wife had his second child, Isaiah, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3.  After a soul searching process where he ran from reality, a surfing contest when Isaiah was 5 changed everything.  Isaiah was having an uncontrollable tantrum, dad brought son out on the waves on a board and he became calm.

So began the reason for Surfers Healing, a free, one-day surf camp in which professional surfers take out children with autism. Today, Surfers Healing gives 3,000 kids a year in 22 camps across the country the opportunity to feel the same calm and joy Isaiah felt.

Check Izzy and his family’s story out and what it means to find your purpose in life:



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