#SurfersHealing New York: Monster Waves in Montauk and NYC Fundraiser for #Autism

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What a week of surfing with Izzy Paskowitz and the Surfers Healing team! Please watch the video, it pretty much says it all and the advertising dollars will be donated to Surfers Healing, so please watch the ads too :)

In this film, we document the September 2013 Surfers Healing Fundraiser at the Paul Colliton Studio in New York City. Paul and Jackie Colliton are the parents of Billy who is their Autistic child. Their support of Surfers Healing is far and wide. This fundraiser was in the middle of the Surfers Healing annual East Coast trip where Surfers Healing take hundreds of Autistic kids surfing from South Carolina to Rhode Island.

The surfing footage was taken from the Surfers Healing day in Montauk, New York and it was a Big Wave day for the surfers and lifeguards. The kids had to be towed out to calm waters past the wave break where a Surfers Healing Pro was waiting to ride with our Autistic Kids. It is an amazing machine that the Surfers Healing volunteers created to get all the kids surfing. With help from parent Megan English, here is a great picture of Izzy Paskowitz barrel surfing in Montauk:

Here is a picture from the next day of surfing in Narragansett, Rhode Island where calmer waters made the day easier for the surfers and Izzy:

Josh Torres, Dustin Sweeney. Mike Sweeney, Katie Sweeney

It is hard to find my wife Katie Sweeney any happier than her days with the Surfers Healing team on the beach. This week we actually have Surfer Matteson Kai Morey as a house guest in New York City. Katie stated:

"Not only are our days filled with excitement with Izzy and the Surfers Healing team (and Danielle Paskowitz!), they are also filled with a safeness on the beach for just one day where our kids are Kings and Queens of the Beach. They can act out and misbehave and nobody cares for one day of their lives. Special place and special people."

A Calmer Izzy Paskowitz

Many thanks to:

Surf Coaches:

  • Duane Webster
  • Kalani Brown
  • Peter Robson
  • Josh Hernandez
  • Josh Torres
  • Izzy Paskowitz
  • Kaiwi Berry
  • Pito Rodriguez
  • Matt Morey
  • Che Pilago
  • Raul Gonzalez
  • Peter Schloemer
  • Blake Michaels
  • Bucky Barry
  • Kamu Davis
  • Jeff Ekberg
  • Cari Beckerman
  • Joe Moses
  • Drew Baumann
  • Adam Paskowitz

Judo Coaches

  • Francesco Rulli
  • Semyon Maltsev
  • Tom Courtney (wrestling coach!)

Family and Friends:

For the many others that did not make the final cut :( thanks for your support. And thanks to our friends in Narragansett, Rhode Island, the First Basketball Family of Rhode Island - Jay Murphy, Paivi Murphy and Tomas Murphy with Dustin, Katie and Mike Sweeney. And yes I am the small forward on this basketball team :)

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Michael Sweeney is focused on the Bitcoin and Digital Currency efforts of Carousel 51, LLC.

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