Newcastle Hunter Valley

Surfing the Spectrum

Summer Series

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In its third year, Surfing the Spectrum will grow to serve over 200 families within the Autism community in the Hunter Region, with 100 members of the surf community volunteering their time
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Images courtesy of Liss Finney

Surfing the Spectrum is a community-based surfing initiative, connecting volunteers to people with autism in an ocean environment teaching the participants ocean awareness and promoting the benefits of surf therapy.

Surfing the Spectrum was initially set up as a small Facebook event with minimal advertising. Unsure of how many people would register their interest, the team had limited time or funds to prepare. When registration opened, all spots filled in 10 minutes. A further 100 spots were released and went just as quickly.

Following the unanticipated demand, they created a waiting list. Overwhelmed by the response, the realisation emerged of how their combined love for surfing and creating a supportive community could work to serve families and children who have been deprived of experiencing the richness and fulfillment we receive daily from the sea.

This Summer Series will be monumental for Surfing the Spectrum as they look to offer 3 events over the summer from November-March. Events will take place at Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle and Caves Beach. This will allow the opportunity to serve more families and children with Autism in the Hunter region and over a broader geographical area.

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