We are very proud of and grateful to our military personnel, and it’s our honor to be able to make Operation Surf and OS6 available to you.  Prior to completing an application we encourage you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions.  If you have any further questions please Contact Us.

Operation Surf channels the healing powers of the ocean to restore hope, renew purpose and revitalize community.  We are proud to offer the Operation Surf week-long program as well as the local OS6-6 month program available to San Luis Obispo County military members.  For more information on each program CLICK HERE.

  • Operation Surf Santa Cruz: November 1, 2019 – January 3, 2020
  • Operation Surf Huntington Beach: January 1, 2020 – March 2, 2020
  • Operation Surf Central Coast: April 27, 2020 – July 3, 2020

The selection criteria varies for each program.  Below are the requirements for the week-long and 6 month programs:

  • Week-Long Program
  • Post 9/11
  • 1 or more deployments
  • Complete Part 1 & Part 2 of Application
  • Part 1 Essay meets minimum length requirements
  • Active Duty, Active Reservists, or Honorably Discharged
  • Wounded (Visible or Invisible)
  • Available for Entire Weeklong program
  • 6 Month ‘OS6’ Program
  • Active Duty, Reservists, or Honorably Discharged
  • Local to San Luis Obispo County
  • Able to transport self to surfing locations
  • Available 2-3 days a week for group surfing

The week-long program is all-inclusive for new participants.  You will be provided travel (flight or gas card for drivers), lodging, meals, professional one-on-one surf instruction, and all your necessary surf equipment for the week.

OS6 the 6 month program is for local military members and lodging and travel will not be provided.  Surf equipment is provided for the entire length of program and participants earn a brand new surfboard and wetsuit at graduation.

  • Board shorts/ bathing suit
  • Sweatshirt
  • T-Shirts
  • Hat
  • Pants
  • One or two dress shirts
  • Day Backpack for the beach and travel
  • Beach Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Sandals/ shoes
  • Camera
  • Medication (10 day supply)
  • Identification
  • Save room in your bag, you will be leaving with lots of goodies!

Click the link to view a sample schedule for the week-long program. Sample Week-long Program Schedule

Absolutely!  We only have 15 spots available for each week-long program so if there are multiple dates that you are available you can apply to multiple locations.  We have 3 week-long programs scheduled for 2020.

At this time our week-long programs are only open to new applicants but there are several alumni opportunities available throughout the year.  Click Here to learn more about all the 2020 Alumni Opportunities.

The curriculum of our week-long program is specifically tailored to military members only.  At this time we are unable to accommodate families, but we do offer additional programs that involve families like our Local 6 month program in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Flight insurance is purchased on all flights.  In the event that you are unable to attend, we ask that you work with Operation Surf staff in providing the necessary documents for flight insurance reimbursement.

The week-long program is all inclusive and you will be provided travel to the specified program location.

Limited capacity allows for 15 participants per each week-long program.  There is a waitlist for interested applicants that are not selected. We encourage you to keep applying.

The safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our veterans is of utmost importance to us.  ADA rooms and shower benches are available upon request. Beach wheelchairs are available to assist with transporting in the sand.

Participants may bring their service animals if necessary.

We have experienced staff and support that are here to accommodate you and any day-to-day challenges that may arise.  However, we do ask that you participate in all elements of the program.

“Thank you to my new family, Operation Surf, for giving me another reason to keep moving – not just forward, but upward.”

– Michael E., Operation Surf

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