A family with a child on the spectrum will pay, out of pocket, $20,000 each year for treatment and therapeutic services. To not be an additional financial burden on these families, we offer Surfing for Autism at no cost to the participants. To continue to do this, we need your help.

There are no paid leaders, staff, or administrative costs. Your donation helps a family caring for someone on the spectrum to gain an experience that is shown to impact them in powerful, meaningful, and life-altering ways.

Let people with ASD and their families know you care. Let them know they are supported. Let them know they have been created unique and are uniquely loved.

Surfing for Autism is a 501(c)3 non-profit.


Stick a quarter in the ceiling, make a wish, and when it falls down, the wish comes true. Okay, that’s not totally true…

For real though, back in the 1960’s, when this place was the Jockey’s Ridge Restaurant, people put change in the ceiling as a way to tip the servers. The owner of the original Surfin’ Spoon building, Dick Harper, suggested Jesse and Whitney bring the tradition back when they opened, and they did. Mr. Harper put the first quarters in the ceiling, and people have been following his gesture ever since.

Once winter arrives, the heat turns on, the wood shrinks, and the money falls. Surfin’ Spoon decided they wanted all money to go somewhere special. Jesse and Whitney gracious chose Surfing For Autism.

They want to show their love… show your love too- stick quarters in the ceiling next time you’re in the shop! Since 2013, Surfin’ Spoon and it’s customers have donated over $18,000. Yewww!

Silent Auction

Date TBD // Time TBD

Beyond donations, our primary fundraiser is the silent auction. Jack Brown’s in KDH hosted us in 2024 and we’ll post dates for 2025 as soon as we can. The silent auction places you one click away from sand bar jewelry, gift certificates, good eats, great places to spend the weekend, amazing art, Outer Banks experiences, merch, and more. It’s never too early to shop for Christmas. Just saying.