10th Annual First Coast Surf & Beach Festival in Flagler Beach: If you have a child or children with autism or related disability and would like them to participate in the event surfing activities, you may submit a Surfer Participation Request (SPR) here. To ensure everyone’s safety and allow each participant ample time surfing, Surfing Festivals are capped at 200 participants. Participants for each Surfing Festival are selected according to their priority choice and where needed, by random selection. Founded in 2008 by a handful of South Florida surfers who realized the impact of surfing’s healing magic on children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Since that first event, held at Deerfield Beach, Fla., SFA has reached countless participants, families, volunteers, communities, and supporters. With the combined effort, support, understanding, and inspiration of those involved, the magic that comes from loving encouragement and soothing surf is created.