Surf’s up (again) in New York

Dec 17, 2013

A young surfer rides the waves during a Surf for All event.

The forces of nature can be so unkind sometimes that it often takes forces of kindness to counteract things. Forces such as the Kiwanis Club of Garden City, New York.

When Hurricane Sandy slammed the U.S. East Coast in October 2012, it took nearly 300 lives and caused some US$70 billion in damage. In Long Beach, New York, it almost wiped out the Surf for All organization.

Founded in 2002 by Jim Mulvaney and surfing cohorts Cliff and Will Skudin, Surf for All teaches developmentally and physically disabled teens and adults the joys of surfing. The nonprofit uses special surfing gear conformed to specific participant needs. Sandy washed it all away.

“Jim presented a program to our club about autism,” explains Gloria Sena, immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club of Garden City, New York. “He has an adult son with autism, which is how he came to form Surf for All. Each St. Patrick’s Day, we honor different charity groups. This year we donated US$2,000 to help Surf for All replace it’s surfing equipment.” — Nicholas Drake