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Izzy Paskowitz & GMac kick-off autism benefit

Bringing aloha spirit to Toronto © Aloha Toronto

Autism Benefits

Surfers head to Canada for Aloha Toronto

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 August, 2013 : - - Toronto, ON - Aloha Toronto officially kicks-off the weekend with legendary surfers Izzy Paskowitz, Guinness Book Record Holder for Biggest Wave Garrett McNamara, Hawaiian native Chad Owens of the Toronto Argonauts and surfing royalty from Hawaii and California.

The 2nd annual one-of-a-kind, all-in-one beach party, concert venue, autism benefit and surfing extravaganza: Aloha Toronto is taking over Cherry Beach from Saturday, August 24 through Sunday, August 25th benefitting Autism Ontario and Surfers Healing.

The weekend kicks off with a Hawaiian launch party and an all-white dress code at The Balmy Beach Club on Friday August 13, 2013.

The free weekend festival will feature live entertainment, Hawaiian culture, local vendors and surfers from the North shore of Hawaii and San Diego, California. The weekend festival features a charity elite, leisure and celebrity stand up paddleboard competition.

In addition, legendary long-board surfer and co-founder of Surfers Healing Izzy Paskowitz (a surf day camp for autistic children and their families), and other celebrated surfers—including Guinness Book Big Wave surfer Garrett McNamara—will host Surfers Healing’s only Canadian surf clinic. 2012 welcomed 100 participants to Surfers Healing. 2013 will welcome 280.

Both Saturday and Sunday will not only include the Surfers Healing camps, but also performances from Aloha Toronto ‘surf’ house band The Calrizians, local musicians, traditional Hawaiian dancers, DJs and entertainers and guest appearance from native Hawaiian Chad Owens of the Toronto Argonauts. Local surf pop artist Lisa Parkes will be present to capture the event on canvas.

“I experienced the magic of Surfers Healing at Pacific Beach, California in 2009. That compelling moment offered a promise to Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz - to bring this incredible free camp to Toronto."

"I am thrilled beyond belief that this profound experience is an annual event in our own backyard. The entire weekend will celebrate traditional beach culture and surfer stoke while making a difference in our community!” says Helen Hatzis, founder of Aloha Toronto.

Source: Aloha Toronto

Author: Helen Hatzis

Tags: Toronto, Izzy Paskowitz, Autism, Garrett McNamara

Events: Surfersvillage


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