TO PROVIDE THE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF SURFING TO FAMILIES LIVING WITH AUTISM IN A DYNAMIC, ENRICHING AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT.
Surf’s Up was started in 2012 by Dennis Nerpio and Rip Curl Canada as a unique experience for children and families who face the ongoing challenges of living with Autism. The idea was started from Dennis own experiences with his son. The two spent time surfing in Tofino and his son took to the activity very well. The ocean’s soothing embrace allowed for development as well as a break from the day to day challenges facing his son and his family. Dennis decided he wanted to share this experience with others like him. He reached out to Rip Curl and Harmony House to help him achieve this dream. A year later we stood on North Chesterman’s Beach in Tofino, BC with 12 families, with the support of local surf instructors, and therapists the children were surfing and we were living our dream of creating a day to ‘hang 10′ for children and families living with Autism. This year our goal has grown to 100 children with ASD including siblings from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Alberta.
ASD Autism Skate Day was founded in Fall 2014 inspired by Dennis' son's love of skateboarding and took place in June 2015 - Check out the event page on this site!
*WE ARE NOT PROMOTING SURFING OR SKATEBOARDING AS A FORM OF AUTISM THERAPY