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one perfect day πŸ„πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

with the Surfers Healing Foundation 🌊

By EMandKids | AmazingAbigailGracePublished about a year ago β€’ 3 min read
surfer: @leviste_what

SHE DID IT... Abby surfed a wave!!! 🌊

Yesterday was unbelievable, in the most incredible way.

Throught the past 8 years, we have been told a lot of things that Abby would probably never do. Our day with Surfers Healing was all about everything that she CAN do.


Though we serve thousands, that mission exists because of one child. Israel and Danielle Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing because of their son, Isaiah. Isaiah has autism, and when he struggled with meltdowns and sensory overload, riding the waves with his father calmed him like nothing else.

We paddle out together on tandem boards to catch the waves that come our way. That's what we do; that's what we love."


We drove a few hours over to Belmar Beach in New Jersey where the camp was being held and got Abby all checked in for her big day! We were surrounded by the kindest staff, volunteers, and vendors as we walked the beach and watched everyone surf.

After a little while of watching, it was Abby's turn to get ready. We gave her an extra layer over her bathing suit to keep her a little warmer in the water. She got on her life jacket nice and tight before she headed to the ocean with her sweet new friends!

surfers: @merylfee @katneff

Getting past the waves breaking point was the hardest part for her. Having the waves crash on her and knock her around was scary. It was even hard for us to watch.. (we didn't include those harder moments in the video).

With lots of help from the amazing surfers and volunteers, they made it through to the calm waters just beyond the waves. They spent a little bit of time there, relaxing, before her big moment came.

surfer: @leviste_what

And then it happened, it was Abby's time to catch her wave.

We were in absolute awe watch her standing tall on the board with Levi, riding through the wave the whole way to the shore. It was a breath-taking moment and she came off of her wave feeling empowered and so proud of herself.

She was greeted at the end of her ride with a trophy that read "I Caught A Wave At The Autism Beach Bash 2022"! She said she wanted to put it on the shelf in our living room for everyone to see.

Overall, the day was just unforgettable. We were so thrilled to meet Isaiah and his parents, Izzy and Danielle who started this incredible camp in 1996 and made it possible for us to attend this weekend on such short notice. We are beyond gratful for Levi who rode the wave with Abby and made her feel so comfortable and safe with such a new adventure and experience. We can not say enough good things about our entire day and we can't wait to be back next year for another perfect day. πŸŒŠπŸ„πŸ»β€β™€οΈβ˜€οΈ

✨ More information about Surfers Healing:


follow them here: @surfershealing


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EMandKids | AmazingAbigailGrace

content creator + proudest mom to 3 sweet little humans, including THE Amazing Abigail Grace

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  • Josie henlyabout a year ago

    Amazing girl I would so love to try this! Ur an inspiration to many keep being ur awesome self! Love watching u grow and doing life!

  • Beth Wolfeabout a year ago

    Woo! You go girl!

  • Leah Evansabout a year ago

    I absolutely love this!! Go boldly towards your dreams Abby πŸ’—βœ¨

  • Ali Winkabout a year ago

    Go Abby go!!!!

  • Stephanieabout a year ago

    What an awesome experience! I bet she had so much fun. I'm so glad that there are these opportunities for our kids with disabilities.

  • BettyNalukwagoabout a year ago

    I personally was happy to see little abi engage in some activities that I thought. It was impossible but I was proved wrong ... I was really happy to see her surfing 🌊 though she was scared after in the video

  • Katie Odleabout a year ago

    This is amazing. Go Abby go Abby!

  • Izzy Isoldeabout a year ago

    Your posts always make me smile, it's a magical thing to watch Abby, I've never been able to walk but it always makes me smile to see her thrive and your an amazing mom!

  • Bianca about a year ago

    What an amazing idea! Abby is so brave and capable of anything! - @biancacheca on insta

  • Shannon McGlinnabout a year ago

    This is so awesome! Abby, you are incredible! ✨

  • Consuelo Galindoabout a year ago

    Future looks bright Abby ✨

  • Jessica Dabout a year ago

    Wow, way to go Abby!!!πŸ’š

  • Rachel Jay Layelaabout a year ago

    I love that you never let her disability hold her back. I’m disabled myself, 25, and it’s amazing to see such supportive parents

  • taylor dawnabout a year ago

    Keep up the great work! Your unstoppable

  • Ashley Theisabout a year ago

    I’m so happy that you all had the opportunity to do this event. I love the mindset of not focusing on what you can’t do, but on what you can do. I hope that events like this one can be made more available for those around the nation to participate in!

  • Elise about a year ago

    What an amazing experience for Abby! So glad that Levi made the experience safe and so enjoyable! Go Abby!!!

  • Tracy Willisabout a year ago

    I loved reading this so much! You and Abby are unstoppable!

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