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



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.



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.




behind the bottle |culture of giving

KTLA 5 With Mark Mester


A surfing dog who works with the nonprofit group, A Walk on Water, has formed a special bond with a Rancho Cucamonga boy who has autism. The dog, named Haole, also surfs with other athletes of all ages. For more information, visit

Mark Mester reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on June 9, 2017.


The founder along with the president of A Walk on Water,  Pat Notaro III and Steven Lippman joined us live to talk about their organization and their big fundraising event “Wine for Waves” that’s happening this Saturday at 8p at Malibu Wines. A Walk On Water provides Surf Therapy to individuals with special needs. They do this by hosting Surf Therapy events that celebrate and honor courageous kids, adults and their families. The goal of Surf Therapy is for the athletes to feel the thrill and confidence that only “a walk on water” can provide.

Photo by: Ana Lemes

Photo by: Ana Lemes


Giving back is important. So much so that photographer Steven Lippman has dedicated a big chunk of his life to it. He is the the President of A Walk On Water, a nonprofit that gives special needs children and adults the opportunity to experience the therapeutic joys of saltwater and surf. Prior to their almost sold-out upcoming Malibu Wines fundraiser this weekend (tickets here) we chatted with Lippman about his experience with AWOW, an inspiring boy named Jacob and the transformative effects of the sea. Read on, wanderers. And we’ll see you this Saturday, April 29th, at Wine for Waves.

Photo by: Trevor Pikhart

Photo by: Trevor Pikhart


A Walk On Water (AWOW), a national nonprofit organization providing surf therapy to children with special needs, recently held their season kick off at historic First Point, providing a beautiful day of surf therapy to over 100 families. Malibu surfing legend Allen Sarlo was among the volunteer surf instructors and said of his experience, “Everybody had a great time. It was fantastic, well organized. There was a super positive vibration that filtered through everybody. Felt good in your heart to give back to surfing. It was really a special day.“

Photo by: Trevor Pikhart

Photo by: Trevor Pikhart


A Walk On Water (aka AWOW), or at least the idea of it, was really born long before the summer of 2012. Bits and pieces of it have been brewing in the founders’ hearts and minds for decades. Founder Pat Notaro III spent many a day catching waves at First Point with his father Pat Jr.—a renowned local waterman and philanthropist—etching in Pat the healing power of the ocean and the value of sharing surf therapy with loved ones. Meanwhile, Steven was rising to the top of skate and surf competitions before launching into his successful career as a photographer and director, all the while learning what it took to build something meaningful while finding balance.  The nucleus of AWOW was born on the beach of First Point when Pat and Steven—along with AWOW VP Sean Swentek and board member Jason Logan — came together while volunteering for pioneering nonprofit Surfers Healing.