California-based nonprofit A Walk On Water (AWOW), a family of watermen that provides surf therapy and shares the therapeutic powers of the ocean with those in need, is joining forces with The Montauk Beach House to bring its services to the East Coast for the first time this weekend, September 26 and 27.
Children with special needs and their parents and siblings will have the opportunity to experience the transformative properties that the ocean can provide through a weekend in the water with a goal of instilling a sense of confidence, accomplishment and joy in the participants. CoreysWave surf instructors will provide the lessons at Ditch Plains Beach.
“As soon as I heard about AWOW and realized what a special and unique organization it was, I knew it was something that we needed to share with the East End,” said Walt Lindveld, the creative director of The Montauk Beach House. “The local support has been overwhelmingly positive in making AWOW’s first trip to the East Coast a reality.”
A fundraiser Saturday at The Montauk Beach House, dubbed Community Collaboration II, will support AWOW’s efforts. Local vendors will be on-hand, Kevin Angiulo and Dan Bailey Tribe will perform live music. and deejays Nicky Paul and Cole Ramstad will spin. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m.
“A Walk On Water has always prided itself on working closely with the local community, its businesses and its surfers,” said Pat Notaro III, the founder and president of AWOW. “We’re stepping into Montauk’s back yard for the first time and have been overwhelmed by the love and generosity we’ve received from this unique beach community. This event is just the beginning of our investment in AWOW’s East Coast presence.”
To register for lessons at Ditch Plains Beach Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. visit awalkonwater.org/athlete-signup.