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Surf Therapy Program “A Walk on Water” (AWOW) 3rd Annual East Coast Surf Therapy Event

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  • Photo Courtesy of AWOW
  • Photo Courtesy of AWOW

On Friday, Sep 8th and Saturday, Sep 9th the surf therapy non-profit organization, A Walk On Water (AWOW), will be holding their third annual two-day event in Montauk from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Ditch Plains Beach, which will be sponsored by John Paul Mitchell Systems and hosted by Adam Sender, founder of Sender Company and Partners, Reginald J. Brown, The Corcoran Group, The Sax Leader Foundation, and The Montauk Beach House. With gracious support from Whalebone Magazine, East Hampton Town, Long Island Communities of Practice, BJ's Wholesale, Left Hand Coffee, Ditch Witch, Happy Bowls, Surf Lodge, Duryeas, Atlantic Terrace, Solé East, Harmless Harvest, and more.

The 3rd Annual AWOW Montauk Surf Therapy Event will celebrate and honor courageous kids, adults and their families; two beautiful days at the beach with no labels, everyone is an athlete. “The East End warmly welcomed A Walk On Water 3 years ago and it’s our privilege and honor to be returning to this wonderful community annually to share the magic that is Surf Therapy,” says Steven Lippman, President, A Walk On Water. “The positive effects of an AWOW Surf Therapy days are beautiful to witness. From water safety to bystanders, everyone at the beach gets to be part of it, cheering on these incredible kids and adults, making the day special for the families."

Athletes will feel the thrill and confidence that only “a walk on water” can provide and families will be fully supported and cared for as they share a much-deserved day of fun, relaxation and respite. “A Walk On Water has been such a wonderful addition to the community on the East End. I’ve seen the positive effects of the program first hand as both a volunteer and as the parent of an athlete,” comments Walt Lindveld, Head of AWOW’s East Coast Chapter. "We look forward to welcoming our West Coast AWOW brothers and sisters back to Montauk, and continuing to grow the program on the East Coast in the coming year so we can serve more deserving families.”

Refreshments from The Montauk Juice Company and lunch courtesy of Ditch Witch food truck and will be provided.

Families interested in participating in the event are asked to pre register by September 4th and can do so by clicking here . AWOW exists largely because of amazing volunteers who return year after year as they find the entire event and experience priceless! To volunteer at this year’s event, please sign up here .

WHEN: Sep 8th and Sep 9th from 10 AM – 4 PM

WHERE: Ditch Plains Beach Ditch Plains Rd, Montauk, NY 11954 + The Montauk Beach House 55 S Elmwood Ave, Montauk, NY 11954

To learn more or to donate to AWOW and find upcoming events, visit their website at

About A Walk On Water:
A Walk On Water (“AWOW”) enables hundreds of children and adults with special needs, along with their families, to experience the thrill of surfing and its therapeutic qualities. The organization works closely with local communities, businesses and its volunteers and watermen—brought together in service of a shared mission—to help others experience the calming and therapeutic effects of the electrifying, living ocean; and in the process, showcase the best of surf culture.

Since its launch in August of 2012, AWOW has served over 1,000 families and provided surf therapy to over 2,000 children and adults with special needs and their siblings. Its goal is to increase the number of Athletes served by at least 30% every year. The organization wants to reach those most in need, who have never had the chance to experience the joy of surf therapy. 



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