AWOW Stamp Hat

California-based surf therapy non-profit A Walk On Water (AWOW) continues to grow its East Coast presence with offerings at Rockaway Beach, Montauk and New Jersey’s Spring Lake. The organization provides kids with special needs and their families guided surf lessons by professionals—as well as other beach-centric activities. These are always free of charge, and aim to create empowering, joyful experiences but also long-lasting relationships. Proceeds …

Surf Sister’s Welcoming, Inclusive School in Tofino, Canada

This all-women team teaches all genders, ages and skill levels every day of the year

In November, the average temperature of the water in Tofino is 50 degrees, and it rains a lot—more than any other month. But for these reasons, November is actually one of the best times to visit the island and the surf capital of Canada. “One of the brilliant things about here is that when it’s sunny, it’s epic and there’s so much stuff to do,” …

Surf Lesson Packages

Owned and operated by Rockaway, Queens natives and life-long surfers, Mike Reinhardt and Mike Kololyan, the aptly named Locals Surf School offers group lessons for surfers at all skill levels. Classes—which include personalized curriculums as well as equipment—are run by certified instructors who teach all year. Schedule-friendly, these packages do not expire and are offered in a range of five to 25 classes—all of which …