Operation Surf came into existence as a result of one wounded hero’s desire to learn to surf and to overcome the pain and mental trauma of war. Now, we are helping more heroes than ever.

Our week-long program is an epic, life-changing adventure for our wounded-veteran and active-duty military heroes, bringing participants directly to our events within supportive coastal communities, and exposing them to the healing power of the ocean through adaptive surfing taught by world-class instructors. This all-inclusive event provides an environment where participants work to overcome perceived limitations connected to their physical and psychological disabilities. Participants receive food, hotel accommodations, travel assistance, clinical and medical support, and all the resources needed to instill hope and confidence in the water, on the board, and in their daily life. These are all provided at no cost, and are funded through generous financial and in-kind contributions from our sponsors and donors.

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“Operation Surf helped me realize I’m not disabled. I’m just differently abled.”

– Martin P., Operation Surf

Participants of our program have experienced:

A 36% decrease in
PTSD symptoms


A 47% decrease
in depression


A 68% increase
in self-efficacy


For more information on the clinical impact and benefits our programs have shown, check out Dr. Russell Crawford’s full quantitative study.