14th Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction - A Benefit for Surfers Healing
Starting on November 19, 2022, the 14th Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction - a benefit for Surfers Healing, a nonprofit that provides the gift of surfing to children with autism, will be on display at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The online auction is available for bids until 11:59 p.m.EST on Saturday, December 31, 2022.
This year's auction highlights a selection of stunning surfboards from celebrated creatives, renowned artists and iconic shapers, on display at the oceanfront resort and auctioned online throughout the holiday season.
Donated surfboards include works by Wyland, Damian Brawner, professional surfer Kelly Slater, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis, Firewire, Hobie, Lola Clark, Steven Wan, Carolyn Johnson, plus more. Many of the artists' boards are painted on surfboards by Brawner Surfboards in San Clemente, CA.
Your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts! By bidding on a surfboard, you're helping raise funds for Surfers Healing.
The Holiday Surfboard Auction was developed as a way to connect and pay homage to Dana Point's iconic surf history, while giving back to a local cause. As some may know, Hobie opened in 1958 as the first California surf shop on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, revolutionizing the surfboard industry and birthing the ocean sport lifestyle that has become a backbone of the local community. As a way to continue honoring the city's surf heritage, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel debuted the first Surfboard Auction in 2008, raising more than $13,000.
About Surfers Healing
Though Surfers Healing serves thousands, their mission exists because of one child. Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing because of their son Isaiah. Isaiah has autism, and when he struggled with meltdowns and sensory overload, riding the waves with his father calmed him like nothing else. The weightlessness and rhythms of the ocean offer a surf therapy experience. Not everyone has a championship surfer for a Dad, so the Paskowitz family invited others to join them at the beach. Their idea caught on, and now Surfers Healing is a worldwide, grassroots nonprofit organization.
They are the original surf camp for children with autism and all of their events are free. Although autism now affects 1 in 59 children in the U.S., Surfers Healing doesn't think in thousands. They think in ones, because that's where they can effect change. One child. One family. One perfect day at the beach. Please visit www.surfershealing.org for more information.