TESTIMONIALS2018-05-04T11:03:31-07:00

Testimonials

HAPPIEST EVER, HANDS DOWN

May 6th, 2019|

My son did his first ever surf therapy with A Walk on Water in Malibu last weekend. He absolutely loved it, it was the happiest I had seen him ever, hands down. My husband, who is quite concerned about athletics and our son getting hurt, was super secure with the entire day. Seeing our son ride the waves actually brought tears to my husband. We were in awe of the love and care all of the volunteers and surfers had for our whole family. I enjoyed getting a haircut on the beach considering it’s so hard to even plan something like that for me with our family dynamic. I think it was the first time that I felt special/normal and part of a community since the diagnosis. It was just a great day. Thank you so much!

-Anupama

SINGING THE ABC’S

May 6th, 2019|

This was everything I thought it would be and more! From the excellent communication prior to the event that helped us be organized and ready to go, to the warm welcome at check in. Volunteers were aplenty and always smiling, reassuring and excited to be there. The vibe was relaxed and positive which reduced the anxiety and sensory overload. While Henry was nervous about the initial experience, the beach support to get him on the board with Cheeets was amazing. Taking the suggestion to sing the ABC’s with Hens, Cheeets quickly paddled out to begin their bond. Team Henry grew over the weekend. To see the genuine support from the AWOW family left our hearts full and thankful. We look forward to another trip across the desert to our new surf spot in the BU.

-Eric

NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING

May 6th, 2019|

I’m a mom of an autistic son and this was our first time participating with AWOW. I have never experienced a more welcoming event than I did this past weekend in Malibu. From the moment we walked into the parking lot, there was someone to offer help with our wagon. We were even greeted at the opening by the sweetest woman and she showed us where everything was. EVERYONE was nothing short of amazing. Thank you Kathy Biddle for telling me about AWOW. This is something we will never forget.

-Christina

THE ICING ON TOP

April 30th, 2019|

Thank you AWOW for the most amazing day in Malibu. Your beautiful team treats everyone like royalty. My daughter Holly was extremely reluctant, and I honestly didn’t know if she could be pushed out of her comfort zone. But…with the help of many friendly faces, Denise, Diana, Sadie (and many others), she was finally on a board with Joe. Her nervous giggle, as they came to shore, was the icing on top. You are all TOP NOTCH! Looking forward to our next adventure!

Thank you for such an awesome opportunity!

-Tricia

 

COMMUNITY

April 25th, 2019|

My children participated in their first AWOW event in Malibu. Everyone involved with the event were very welcoming and warm. They immediately treated us as family. My 3 children all have special needs and are usually afraid to even step foot on sand and cling to my body when trying to get them into the ocean. AWOW volunteers were able to get my children into the water and love it so much they didn’t want to leave. This is an amazing program filled with so much love, happiness and support. My children were calm and relaxed after the event and my son with ASD was more responsive the past couple of days after the event. We will be going to upcoming events that are already full just to take part of the community feel of the event even though they won’t be able to surf and we look forward to hopefully getting a spot in the future. Thank you to all involved in this amazing program. I will never forget the joy on my children’s faces that you brought them.

-Lauren

 

A WETSUIT FOR CHRISTMAS

November 24th, 2018|

Thank you soo much for the surfing opportunity you gave my son Adam as well as his older brother Kyle last week at Solana Beach!! Adam had a blast and was very comfortable in the water with your caring ,passionate,wonderful team !! We drove two hours from San Bernardino and it was well worth it! Loved seeing all the kids there laughing and riding the waves…Adam can’t wait to surf again …Santa will be getting him a wetsuit for Christmas now lol..hope to see you guys next year…..

-Susan

 

BARRELED

November 21st, 2018|

Thank you to AWOW for your amazing generosity and healing surf therapy. I brought my daughter Gracie to the event at Cardiff by the Sea. From the moment we got out of the car, the kindness from your volunteer staff was overwhelming. From dragging my wagon down on the sand, to putting Gracie in her wetsuit, playing in the surf and ultimately when she was paired up with an instructor, every moment and layer of help was well planned and executed. I don’t often feel like I have someone who truly walks along side of me, when dealing with my highly energetic, developmentally delayed beautiful girl.  Today I felt connected and supported. AWOW really excelled at anticipating our needs and created a fun, family focused environment for the kids. Lastly,  I have to give a HUGE shoutout to our instructor Dale. He was the example of selflessness of that characterizes AWOW. He lost his house in the recent Malibu fire and 2 days later was on the beach with us. He was so good with Gracie and was really patient. The highlight of our day was him putting her in the barrel of the wave!  She came out of the water wanting “more surfing” and even though he was exhausted he paddled her out 2 more times for waves. My love and support goes out to A Walk on Water. Thank you for the memories. 

-Mindy

 

THE BIGGEST SMILE

November 7th, 2018|

Thank you for putting the biggest smile on my child’s face I’ve ever seen. This surfing lesson was a magical experience for my son Mynor and one he’ll never forget. He enjoyed himself very much and said yes to going a second time when Jared asked if he wanted to go again. Words can’t express how grateful I feel for all of your kindness in putting such a beautiful event together. A million thanks from me, Sonia Escobar, the proud mother of Mynor. You may share my message with the world and the picture of my handsome son. Proof of his big smile.

-Sonia

Sonia Escobar Testimonial

GENUINE ENTHUSIASM

October 24th, 2018|

This was my son’s first time at an AWOW event. I was totally amazed! In fact I found it hard to keep my composure for the first hour. I was so taken back by the amount of people who were there to support our disabled loved ones and their genuine enthusiasm as they cheered on the athletes. I have to be honest, it was really hard to fight back tears. We usually don’t get a welcoming response as we journey through life. People look at my son as “a problem” and “an inconvenience”. So it was really touching to be in the company of so many caring and compassionate people who chose to spend time with our disabled family members.

-Eileen

ULTIMATE WIN

October 23rd, 2018|

This is my son Grayson on the board!! He has not stopped talking about the sick waves and next level surfing he experienced. Thank you to everyone that made this day such a huge victory for my guy. You cannot imagine how amazing this day was for our family. Special needs parenting is tough but when our kids win the victory stays with us!! That day was one of his ultimate wins!! Thank you!

-Dawn

ROCKSTAR

October 23rd, 2018|

Oh my goodness you all rocked our socks off yesterday at Sandbridge. My sweet Owen felt like a rockstar and I cannot express how much that means to us. I was overcome with emotions that when my youngest son, Foster, who has no challenges was taken out to catch a wave at the end of the day when he asked. My little man has spent so much time in waiting rooms and missing out on some things when we focus on Owen that this simple act of kindness and inclusion was powerful!

I enjoyed being a beach volunteer and getting to know athletes and AWOW folks. Each person was truly gifted with an unforgettable experience by you guys, and I saw some incredible compassion in instructors with athletes. My favorite story from yesterday was James and Quinn with all the instructors who really pitched in to get sweet Quinn in the water. It was magical!

Thank you for being present and for loving on our kids and families yesterday. I cannot wait to volunteer again next year, but more importantly I know that my sweet Owen cannot wait to catch the waves with anyone who will take him out next year!!!!

Oh, and when Swampy told me that I had been being bossed around by a 17 year old yesterday (DJango), I was astounded! That young man is so mature and he did a great job with us in the beach crew!

-Rhianon

FROM NLAND TO YOUTUBE

October 10th, 2018|

I wanted to say hello and once again thank AWOW for all you do. I wanted to share with you that Conor continued surfing since he first went surfing with you in November, 2017 and again in April, 2018 at NLand. In early August, we went back to NLand and tried private lessons. I told the instructor that my goal was for he and I to be able to surf together one day (despite the fact I haven’t surfed in years). We have been surfing once a week at NLand since then, and Conor is doing incredible! He’s on his own board and never misses a wave. We still surf with an instructor to learn rules and technique, but he is doing a great job and having a lot of fun. I now surf with them which has been so great for me too.
We have seen so many positive changes in Conor since he started surfing: he talks more, he is far more relaxed during the week and he initiates interaction with others.
So thank you all for getting us started. It has changed our lives for the better.
Conor even created his own youtube channel with some of his surfing videos. Check it out at:  Conor Corrigan.

-Shelly

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