It looked like a record sized crowd at the Surfing for Autism silent auction at Trio Wine Chees and Beer in Kitty Hawk Saturday night.

Surfing for Autism is a part of the Outer Banks community. Founded by parents whose children were autistic, that original idea eight or nine years ago has blossomed into a remarkable demonstration of how caring and generous the Outer Banks community is.

For the past few years in July, Trio Wine, Cheese, and Beer in Kitty Hawk has hosted a silent auction to support the work the organization does. This year certainly looks as though it was the most successful yet. 

Held in the mezzanine of Trio, it was a squeeze through the crowd type of event. Moe than the size of the crowd, though, among the custom surfboards, hand painted skateboards, gift baskets and works of art, was the heart of a community reaching out to insure every is included in life.

The funds help with the Surfing for Autism event, held this year on Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11 at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

What makes the event so special is watching the joy of the kids when they accomplish something on a surfboard. Sometimes it’s nothing more than lying down and riding a wave in. Some of the kids do manage to actually ride a wave.

What they actually accomplish, however, is not as important as learning they can do something they never knew they could do.

As happy as the kids may be, the joy—and pride—the parents feel in watching their children experience the ocean and riding a wave is profound.

It is something that is worth witnessing, and supporting. The Surfing for Autism event lasts most of the day on Saturday—and seeing what’s happening there on the beach in Nags Head is time well spent.