"Surfers Healing was founded by Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with Autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload--simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah."
Every year there is a surfboard auction where the proceeds directly benefit Surfers Healing. This year boards ridden and signed by the ASP's #1 and 2 surfers, Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater, are up for auction. Most bids are right around the price of a new board, except Slater's commanding a bid of $4,400. Whoever spends that much on a board, I really hope they ride the hell out of it and don't hang it on a wall in some land locked house.