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 nine 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 200 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

currently lives in Pensacola, Florida working as an occupational therapist. Along with surfing, she loves the beach, playing guitar, and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Mila Mae. 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 lives in Bellingham, WA and is the marketing manager for Outside Magazine. She loves traveling, all things outside, and playing with other people's dogs.

We are thankful. $2,000 so far in 2018!

Raised: $2,000
Goal: $10,000
How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Become Part Of Our Team!

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    Make A Donation

    We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit! We can offer tax deductions for any donation we receive. (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, recommendations 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!

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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!

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    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!

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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


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

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

Cinnamon Rainbows

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


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