Cheryl Winsor

Favorite Surf Break: Swami’s Beach Encinitas CA

Currently working in Marketing and Communications, Cheryl began her career in film production before segueing into producing live events and experiences. Creating memorable moments is her passion for her profession, as well as when she volunteers and brings that passion to her leadership as AWOW’s Chairman.

Cheryl has two sons and two dogs, lives in Massachusetts and travels to all AWOW events on the east and west coast.

Cheryl’s involvement with AWOW began when she attended a fundraiser in Malibu. The positive vibes, sense of community, passion for the cause and its impact on the families that she felt in one night had her coming back to volunteer for her first event. She continues to experience that same feeling every time she is with our AWOW family, on and off the beach.


Steven Lippman

Favorite Surf Break: Zuma

Steven is one of the founding members of AWOW and has overseen our surf instructors since the beginning. As a child, Steven was a pro skateboarder and then competitive surfer, before turning his eye to photography and commercial directing. Steven lives in Malibu with his wife Ana and children Ryder and Reilley, whom he describes as a “family of watermen and artists.”

For Steven, taking a child with special needs into the ocean for perhaps the first time is “incredibly humbling, allowing him to give back and not expect anything in return other than pure stoke.”


Ari Markow

Favorite Surf Break: County Line

Ari has been involved with A Walk On Water since 2014 when his son Max caught his very first wave at Hollister Ranch. To this day, it’s one of his favorite memories. Practicing law for over 20 years and an expert troubleshooter, Ari keeps the logistical gears turning for AWOW.

Engaged to fellow AWOW volunteer Jo Becker, Ari lives in Malibu and credits himself as the proud dad of Hannah, Lily, Megan and Max.

Ari’s dedication to AWOW is driven by his desire to ensure that as many kids as possible can experience the joy of surfing as his son Max did that first time at the Ranch.


Jeff “Swampy” Marsh

Favorite Surf Break: Hanalei Bay, Kauai

A lifelong surfer, Swampy puts his experience in the water to practical application ensuring the safety of our athletes and volunteers. An Emmy Award Nominated creator, writer, and producer of such shows as Phineas and Ferb & Pete the Cat, his gregarious personality and natural leadership abilities make a day of water safety a great experience for everyone. Swampy lives in Venice with his wife Bear. He has two children, Django (also a seven year AWOW safety volunteer and ambassador), Jenny, four grandkids -Adyson, Nolan, Jakob, and Chloe, & Timmy, a 15 year old Border Collie.

Swampy has been a part of AWOW since 2013. One of the first events at which he volunteered, a child that he was helping into the water told him, “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever gotten to do because of my brother” It made him realize just how special AWOW is because of the way they include the whole family and has been involved ever since.


Kim Murphy

Favorite Surf Break: C-Street

Kim and her husband John became involved with AWOW in 2014 after bringing their surfing dog Haole to a Ventura event. They immediately fell in love with AWOW and the beautiful, organic connection. They were hooked. Kim is easy to find on the beach with her husband John, always wearing a colorful wetsuit, a huge smile and surrounded by a group of children lining up for hugs.

Living in Ventura with her husband, dog child Primo, and Angel Haole Boy, Kim works as a Registered Dental Assistant in Orthodontics (in the same office for 33 years!) Also managing the back office staff in her office, Kim brings her many years of experience leading and organizing a cohesive team as our Director of Volunteer Engagement.

Kim credits AWOW with changing her life and helping her to find her purpose.


Matt Spelich

Favorite Surf Breaks: Most Days: El Porto, C-Street Ventura or County Line when I can get up there and Pipes in SD when I’m visiting my family.

Matt has been involved with AWOW since 2014. His cousin Jason Logan was one of the founders and invited him to help out early on at an event at Hollister Ranch. Starting out selling merchandise, Matt soon found his place on the beach ensuring the safety of athletes and volunteers.

Living in Hollywood, CA and working in TV as a comedy writer and producer, Matt’s happy personality and insane height make him easy to spot on the beach. His favorite part of leading beach safety is all the little conversations he gets to have with his team, getting to know them in small snippets as they watch the horizon waiting for surfers to come in and seeing the athletes grow over the years as they make immense strides.


Sean Swentek

Favorite Surf Break: Bolsa Chica State Beach

Sean is one of the original founding members of AWOW and a familiar face on the beach. He has over 20 years of experience working with children in need through various nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on outdoor and nature-based sport therapies. Currently working as a marketing strategist in Orange County, CA, Sean is married to Dr. Lourdes Swentek, a Trauma / Critical Care Surgeon at UCI Medical Center in Orange. Most of their time is spent laughing and learning alongside their incredible daughter, Sia Kahlo. They also have a rescue dog named Dani, and a very territorial cat named Peep.

Sean is incredibly honored to know and love the thousands of people he’s shared time with on the sand, all of whom he forever considers part of his extended AWOW Family.


Jack Turturici, Jr.

Favorite Surf Break: Little Dume – Malibu

Jack became involved with A Walk On Water five years ago when he stumbled across some videos of AWOW in action. Inspired, at 5:30am the next morning he showed up at Surfrider beach ready to go to work.

As the Estates Director at Douglas Elliman Real Estate and a third generation real estate executive, he brings his ability to create natural partnerships and provide strong communication to AWOW. Also a member of the water safety team, Jack, his wife of 18 years Michele, and 13 year old daughter Mia are all avid volunteers (and amazing humans!) They live in Thousand Oaks, CA with their German Shepherd named Joy.

Jack loves his AWOW family, and seeing the athletes faces light-up when they catch the wave for the first time is a game changer for him.


Agatha Wallen

Favorite Surf Break: Not a surfer, but loves every break where AWOW holds events.

Agatha has been involved with AWOW since 2014. She and her husband Jason have two sons on the autism spectrum that started surfing with AWOW when they were 7 and 5. They fell in love with the magic from their very first day, gained confidence and have grown socially with AWOW’s involvement in their lives.

Agatha, her husband, sons Mason & Trevor, dogs Crosby, Monty & Gelly, and cats Ivan and Sergei live in the Syracuse area of New York but the human Wallens travel extensively to AWOW events on both coasts. A born leader and communicator, Agatha was a Respiratory Therapist at ARMC/San Bernardino County for 13 years, seven of which she was a supervisor. She also worked in the Education Department at the same hospital teaching all the various life support and resuscitation classes to hospital staff.

Agatha feels extremely honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the AWOW magic for other families as a fellow parent and board member.


Jason Wolk

Favorite Surf Break: Silver Strand, Oxnard

Jason is one of the original founders of AWOW. The father of two boys, his youngest has severe autism and CP so he has experienced first-hand the power of surf therapy.

Managing Director & Founder of Spears & Arrows, a commercial production company that represents international storytellers for advertising, Jason lives in Malibu with his two sons Lucas and Dylan, and his wife Dina whom he calls his “rock.”

Jason brings his expertise and creativity in production and content to all of AWOW’s events, fundraisers, and films and is incredibly committed to helping spread awareness and engagement for surf therapy.

Executive Committee

Ari Markow
Jack Turturici Jr.
Cheryl Winsor
Jason Wolk