Autistic Children Ride the Waves at Surfers Healing Camp

WILMINGTON -- Nearly 100 autistic children grabbed surfboards and rode the waves at the Surfers Healing Camp at Wrightsville Beach on Wednesday.

The kids paddled out with the help of the pros, and then learned to surf back to shore.

For many of the kids, it was the first time they had surfed.  While they might be a little hesitant on the paddle out, once the surf at Wrightsville Beach offered up the "perfect wave," they could not get enough.

But it was not just for the kids.  The experience was just as amazing for their parents.


I was trying not to cry watching him stand up on the board," said parent Sarah Pope.  "I just didn't think that he would be able to do that."

"It's great to see them have fun and do what every other person can do," said parent Rachel Brooms.

The camp was founded by professional surfer Israel Paskowitz whose son, Isaiah, is autistic.

Reported by Sarah Warlick