Surf’s Up For Autism was established back in 2012, and today our special and incredibly rewarding results are proof, that this truly has become a remarkable event for families to take time out of their hectic lives dealing with Autism. The Merrit family is one of these families, and Malina, Charles, Bradley & Jillian Merritt wanted to express their thanks for this SUPA Society event.
“I want to say thank you to each and every person and venue that made Surfs Up possible for my family and all the families. I will never be able to express in words just how much Surfs Up weekend meant to me and my children.”
“I am a single mother of three children all diagnosed with autism. They are all very different and have different quirks. It is very rare to find something that all three of my children love and with the level of support we received. All three of my children surfed on Saturday and we did not go back to the beach on Sunday because 2 of my 3 children would not have been happy that they couldn't surf again. My eldest loved surfing too but he said "hockey, golf then surfing". Saturday was such a perfect day that we left Sunday on such a high and the two of my children that can communicate verbally asked when do we get to come back? "
"The highlight for me though was at home and looking through the video and pictures I'd taken. I got a really good video of my daughter wiping out on the surf board. My daughter, who is considered non-verbal and usually only echoes but very rarely has independent speech, was watching the videos with me and hit play on the wipe out video. As the video was playing and the wave was coming up she said "speed up, speed up, speed up", then as she was riding the wave she said "Wheeeeeeeeee", then as she wiped out she said "oops". She then replayed the video at least 10 more times. It is impossible for her to express verbally just how much she loved surfing but what she said watching the video was a small miracle. She spent the entire hour in the water, she wiped out at least 3 times and got back on happily, and even though her teeth were chattering and she usually doesn't like being cold I know she would have kept going had her time not run out.”
“Tofino and Surfs Up will forever hold a special place in our memories and hearts and I wish I could say thank you to each of you face to face and shake your hands. Please know you have my eternal gratitude for making the Surfs Up weekend possible.”