About Us

About Us

Surfing with Smiles gives those with special needs and abilities the chance
to learn to surf for free!

What is Surfing with Smiles?

SWS is an event that radiates positivity and helps build confidence and
sense of reward for everyone involved. It’s not just about surfing—it’s
about enjoying the beach, playing in the water, or staying dry on land and
playing beach games. The events are held each summer in North Hampton, NH at “The Wall.”

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the lives of our surfers and volunteers – if only for one day – by creating a positive and fun environment that builds confidence, gives a sense of reward to all participants, and creates life-long friendships.

How We Started

Lindsey and Taylor created Surfing with Smiles when their passion
for surfing went beyond themselves. When they were teens they
realized the power of helping others and saw an opportunity.

Our History

Thanks to our amazing volunteers, Cinnamon Rainbows, and our dedicated
surfers, Surfing With Smiles has had eight successful summers so far. When
we started out we could have never predicted our events would grow from 15
people the first year to more than 100 people just a few years later. We
are so grateful for all of the donations, support, and positive energy our
friends, family, and fans have shown us!

Surfing with Smiles is officially a 501(c)(3)!
Meet The SWS Team

Meet The SWS Team

Lindsey Mercer
Lindsey Mercer

Lindsey Mercer

is graduating University of New England with a degree in occupational Therapy in May 2017. Along with surfing, she loves snowboarding, the beach, playing guitar, and her bernese mountain dogs, Mila Mae and Max. She looks forward to helping those with special needs and abilities for the rest of her life, both through SWS and her career.

Taylor Thomas
Taylor Thomas

Taylor Thomas

currently works in the marketing department at Outside Magazine in Santa Fe, NM. She loves traveling, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and playing with other people's dogs. Although she will be far away this summer, she’ll be helping with all of the behind-the-scenes efforts and at the event in spirit!

We are Thankful. $1,283 So Far!

Raised: $1,283
Goal: $2,000
How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Become Part Of Our Team!

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    Make A Donation

    We are OFFICALLY 501(c)(3) nonprofit! We can now offer tax deductions for any donation we recieve. (EIN # is 47-432-7153). We would appreciate anything you can give to help us make our events even better! We also are constantly seeking out advice, reccomendations or anything you think could help us make our events even more amazing! Please let us know if there is any way you think we can enhance SWS. We look forward to hearing from you!
    PLEASE help us make SWS better, and donate at

    DONATE
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    Become a Volunteer

    We love and rely on our volunteers, without them this program wouldn't be successful. There is no requirement to know how to surf in order to volunteer! We are more than willing to give our signatures so this can meet any of your community service requirements!

    VOLUNTEER
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    Surfers

    This is an opportunity to meet new people and try something new & fun. There is nothing to lose so come try it out! This is an event for people with special needs and abilities to learn how to surf and open for any and all ages! We have beach games along with the surfing and a positive environment, so come have some fun with us!

    GET INVOLVED
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    Sponsor Our Events

    We are currently sponsored by Cinnamon Rainbows, who helps us with surfboards, wetsuits and instructors. Without them I'm not sure what we would do! We would be more than happy with other sponsorship, just contact us and we can chat! Thanks!

    Become A Sponsor
Events

Events

The Day of the event

  • Volunteers please meet at 4:15 at the Wall. Surfers meet at Cinnamon Rainbows at 4:30. The event will take place at The Wall, which is located just past the Hampton Beach strip.
  • CHECK THE WEBSITE THE DAY OF THE EVENT!! If the event for any reason (waves, weather) needs to be rescheduled, it will be posted on here. You can also e-mail us or call us the day of the event.

What to bring

    Surfers and volunteers should both:

  • Come in bathingsuits
  • Bring a towel

    Surfers should:

  • Come with parent/gaurdian
  • Bring wetsuit/ surfboard if you have one, although they will be supplied

    Volunteers should:

  • Arrive at 4:15 across from 13th street at the Wall
  • Bring wetsuit if you have/need one
SWS at The Wall Hampton, NH

SWS at The Wall Hampton, NH

Surfers from all over New England gathered in North Hampton Thursday for Surfing With Smiles — a free, non-profit program that teaches people with special needs how to catch a wave.

Big Thank You

Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Co. is a huge help to us. They supply us with the surfboards & wetsuits we need in order to have the events. The instructors have also been a huge help by volunteering their time to help us teach these surfers for free.  To call them our sponsor is an understatement, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without them!

Become A Sponsor!

Contact Us

Contact Us

Email Us

SurfingwithSmiles@gmail.com

Cinnamon Rainbows

931 Ocean Blvd. Hampton, NH
(603) 929- 7467

Phone

Taylor: (603) 965-5119
Lindsey: (978) 828-9738