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501-I South Reino Road Ste# 285
Newbury Park, CA, 91320
USA

805.991.AWOW

WHO ARE WE?

A Walk On Water is a family of watermen sharing the therapeutic powers of the ocean with those in need. AWOW's primary goal is providing relief to families of children with special needs. We are a humanitarian and environmentally conscious organization with an eye on sustainability.

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

AWOW provides water therapy through guided surf instruction or “surf therapy”.  Surfing's physical and repetitive nature produces a therapeutic effect and helps build self confidence.  Children experience the true stoke of surfing and a renewed sense of accomplishment as family and friends cheer them on from the beach.  Often shadowed by their special needs brother or sister siblings are also encouraged to participate.  Our surf events focus on both the athletes and their families, who are treated to a well-deserved day of relaxation and pampering.

www.awalkonwater.com

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Photo by Justin Mehren

Photo by Justin Mehren

PAT R. NOTARO III - FOUNDER & MARKETING

Pat R. Notaro III is a cinematographer living in Los Angeles who was raised on the southern California staples – surfing and skateboarding. With generations of family roots in the entertainment industry, Pat quickly found his interest behind the lens. He graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography, rapidly navigating his way through all camera department positions to Director of Photography. Pat's photography talents are diverse, specializing in commercials, VFX, branded content and action sports. He prides himself on understanding how to tell a story visually, even when the concept is murky at best. Pat unexpectedly lost his father in 2000. Shortly after, he was introduced to Surfers Healing Autism when Variety - The Children's Charity decided to have the first "Surfers Healing Autism Pat Notaro Day" in Malibu, CA. In the organizations early stages, Pat donated his time as a surf instructor, all the while doing what came naturally, documenting the events. Pat desired to know more about autism, so he met with the families who were fighting to better understand what has become an epidemic. A close family member diagnosed with autism only strengthened Pat's resolve to better understand the epidemic. He treated this as an opportunity to become educated on all special needs afflictions, eventually joining forces with two other organizations founded by close friends. Pat creating A Walk On Water was inspired by a desire to evolve the care and treatment options provided to families of special needs children. Providing support to Pat are his lovely wife Kameron, and two beautiful children - Lulu and Sully.  Family time echoes generations past as they spend their spare time surfing and skateboarding together.

Homebreak:  Far from the Wavestorms and its not Lemoore, California.

Photo by Trevor Pikhart

STEVEN LIPPMAN - PRESIDENT, MARKETING & LEAD SURF INSTRUCTOR

Steven was born in Los Angeles and, as a youth, instantly fell in love with surfing and skateboarding. In the 1970’s, skateboarding was just beginning to emerge as a culture unto itself, and Steven was one of those who helped establish the style, moves, and music that are now indelibly associated with the scene. For years he traveled the world as a successful model and surf/skate competitor. It was during this time that he began taking photos, avidly documenting his friends and life on the road. Steven's talent was evident from the start, and when he returned to California, he embraced photography as a career, approaching his work with the same unflagging dedication that he does surfing. Steven has massaged his talent into becoming a successful commercial director. An avid environmentalist, Steven is the director of The Blue Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve the world’s oceans by combining the efforts of like-minded groups educating the masses. He is also an ambassador for SurfAid International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well being, and self-reliance of people living in isolated communities. Steven lives with his wife Ana and two children, Reilley and Ryder, in Malibu – where he is still an avid competitive surfer. A self-described family of artists and surfers, they all do their best to enjoy the ocean, even if only briefly, every single day.

Homebreak:  A sweet little corner in LA

Photo by Ricky Lesser

Photo by Ricky Lesser

SEAN SWENTEK - VICE PRESIDENT  ADMINSTRATION & SOCIAL MEDIA

Sean Swentek was born in Santa Cruz, CA and grew up all along the coast of CA – never straying far from the beach. He immersed himself in sport from a young age, becoming an accomplished beach volleyball player, while dabbling in nearly every other sport. The majority of his professional career was spent in the hospitality industry, developing his networking and marketing skills. Sean came from a very financially difficult family situation, and has always relished the opportunity to improve the lives of those in need. He started his volunteer career 15 years ago with Special Olympics Southern California, also spending time with Children's Miracle Network and Surfers Healing. It was on the beach with Surfers Healing that Sean first met Pat, and an instant bond was formed over a shared desire to better the lives of those in need. Sean graduated with a degree in digital marketing from Arizona State University and currently works as Vice President of Social Media for Opus Bank. Sean has a passion for networking and connecting people and projects together, and has a natural instinct for working with others, thriving in multitasking environments. He is also a certified sommelier and loves to explore the latest restaurants with his surgeon wife Dr. Lourdes, discovering exciting new food and drink.

Homebreak:  Southside|Huntington Beach ,CA

Photo by Trevor Pikhart

Photo by Trevor Pikhart

JASON LOGAN - EVENTS COORDINATOR & Equipment manager

Jason Logan was born in Ventura, CA and was practically raised on a motorbike, with an insatiable passion for the open road. He fuels his first love by coordinating biker runs and charity rides, having raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years for numerous nonprofits.

A man of action, but few words, Jason is extremely detailed and his passion for perfection is vital to AWOW's success.

He is happily married to wife Melissa, and has two beautiful children. He has successfully owned and operated his own landscape and masonry business – Outdoor Creations – for many years. In his spare time, Jason enjoys hitting the open road on his Harley Davidson, getting fit and spending time with his family.

Photo by Trevor Pikhart

Photo by Trevor Pikhart

JEFF MARSH AKA "SWAMPY" - SECRETARY & EVENTS PRODUCER

Emmy Award-nominated Jeff "Swampy" Marsh is creator and executive producer of Disney Channel's animated comedy "Phineas and Ferb" for which he nabbed two Emmy nominations for 'Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics' and 'Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music' in 2008. He also writes songs heard in the series and voices the character of Major Monogram.

Over 20+ years, Marsh has worked for many of the top names in animation: Hanna-Barbera, Film Roman, Klasky Csupo and Nickelodeon.

He worked for over six seasons on the critically-acclaimed series "The Simpsons," including three episodes that won Emmy Awards. He also worked as a storyboard artist and designer for the Emmy Award-winning series, "King of the Hill," and for four seasons as a writer and director on "Rocko's Modern Life," gaining the show an Environmental Media Award. Additionally, he spearheaded production of several feature films and series for the UK-based BKN New Media Ltd. Marsh returned to the U.S. after six years of working various projects for the BBC, ITV and Carlton TV in the U.K.

Born in 1960 in Santa Monica, Swampy now lives and surfs in Venice, CA and has two children and four grandchildren.

Homebreak:  Breakwater|Venice ,CA

Photo By: Rachael Etter

Photo By: Rachael Etter

 ARI MARKOW - TREASURER & GENERAL COUNSEL

Ari is a native of Southern California.   As a grom, he and his buddies spent their entire summers riding the local beach bus with their surfboards to and from Malibu Surfrider Beach until they were old enough to drive themselves to their favorite breaks. Ari's passion for the ocean continues to run deep within him. He frequents breaks in North Los Angeles with his weekend surf crew made up of local dads and their children.

Ari has a long history of dedicating his time and energy to charitable causes that are focused on enriching the lives of children. He has held numerous leadership positions in the Triunfo YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Southeast Ventura County and played an important role in its fundraising activities. He was the Federation Chief for the Triunfo YMCA Indian Guide and Princess program and is a past board member of the organization.

A proud father of four, Ari's passion for A Walk On Water originates from his son who is autistic nonverbal.  Ari's son shares his love of the ocean, is happiest in the water and is proud to be one of the many A Walk On Water athletes.  Ari's three teenage daughters love volunteering at A Walk On Water surf therapy events.

Homebreak:  County Line|Ventura,CA

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laura rubin - communication/media/press chair

Laura Rubin is founder of AllSwell, a collection of adventure travel expeditions, tailored experiences, creativity workshops and custom products designed to encourage analog artistic exploration. While the world has become undeniably digital, research shows that putting pen to paper is linked to increased wellbeing, and basically a boosted brain, and that exposure to new environments and people opens our minds conceive novel ideas and create new connections.

 

In 2000, Laura established integrated communications boutique Left Left Right (LLR) Consulting. Having worked with some of today’s leading brands in wellness, action sports, design, surf and philanthropy, she brings her trademark market-relevant insights to conceive and execute innovative, tailored campaigns to create compelling brand stories.

 

Laura functions as the Editor-at-Large of Whalebone Magazine, and splits her time between the West (Venice, CA) and East (NYC and Montauk, NY) coasts, contributing to both communities as a board member of nonprofit organizations A Walk On Water and LIMPIA.

Homebreak:  Ditch Plains | Montauk, NY