Operation Surf & Turf-a-Thon 2023

Get ready for annual fundraiser! Operation Surf & Turf-a-Thon is back this year on Saturday, May 20th!⁣ Individuals and teams from all around the globe have the opportunity to surf, hike, bike, swim, or do any WATER or LAND activity of their choice to help raise funds to support Operation Surf’s mission! PLUS – we will be hosting a LIVE event at our home base, Avila Beach. If you are local or near the Central Coast, we invite you to join us for beach fun and festivites.

How Does ‘Operation Surf & Turf-a-Thon’ Work?

Step 1: 

Register as an individual or a team and set your goal for the ONE day challenge to surf, run, paddle, walk or any activity to support Operation Surf’s mission.

Step 2:

Ask your community to join in support by collecting pledges for  activity goal! 

Step 3:

On May 20th get active & reach your goal! Then, celebrate and share the stoke with your community. 

Get Active For Those Who Served in:








About ‘Operation Surf & Turf-a-Thon’

Our 5th Annual Operation Surf & Turf-a-Thon is scheduled for May 20th, 2023. This is a global event that unites communities worldwide to participate in a ONE day challenge to raise funds for Operation Surf’s mission. This event helps fund multiple programs per year.

To learn more, read our FAQs or for more information, contact us!

Get Active!
On May 20th, catch some ‘waves’ at a break near you or get active and surf for those who served.
What does Surf & Turf mean?

Surf, run, bike, paddle, walk or do any activity of your choice to support Operation Surf’s mission! 

Show Me the Big Picture:

Our goal is to unite supporters from all over the world to participate in this ONE day challenge to help us collectively raise $100,000 to support our mission. Together, we can continue to support our injured military through a transformative experience that continues into a life of wellness indefinitely.

Where Does My Pledge Money Go?

Operation Surf & Turf-a-Thon will support our Mission Control which provides critical funding to manage, grow, and expand Operation Surf.

What Participation Incentives are Available?

When you sign up you’ll be entered into an Op Surf Swag Giveaway.

When you fundraise $100 you will receive an exclusive Op Surf key chain.

The highest fundraising team will recieve a private group surf lesson from the Van Curaza Surf School in Avila Beach, Ca!

I Can’t Participate, but I Still Want to Contribute… How?

There are many ways to support this fun and exciting fundraising event! Share on social media, spread the word about Operation Surf and our mission, pledge to other participants, or donate to us directly on our website. Mahalo!

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

Without support from our generous sponsors, Operation Surf wouldn’t be able to provide these life-changing experiences for our injured military and veterans who have given so much for our country.

Contact our Development & Outreach Manager Madison at madison@operationsurf.org to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities today!


Program Testimonials

"Operation Surf was refreshing and fun! Of course, it was really great to learn to surf, but OS is so much more than just surfing. Never having surfed before and not being very comfortable in the ocean, I was forced to get out of my own way and trust the process. Being able to accomplish something I thought I wouldn't be able to do was very rewarding, and it ignited a fire in me that I had let go dim. I feel rejuvenated and self-confident again. I look forward to trying new things, going on more adventures, and enjoying the sport of surfing for many years to come."

SOF Participant


"The fact that I was able to completely disconnect from work and fully submerge myself in the experience without any obligations opened up many doors for relaxation, resetting, refocusing, rebuilding, bonding, and both personal and relational healing. We were both struggling individually and as a couple prior to this trip. The professionalism, relatability, enthusiasm, excitement, openness, and care that every single member of Operation Surf displayed towards us and one another was contagious. They helped us find our individual selves again and helped save our marriage."

SOF Participant


"Operation Surf was hands-down the greatest trip that I have ever been on. We travel the world for our jobs and get to see and do things that most people can only dream of, but that’s often filled with guilt while my wife is left juggling her own work, the kids, and everything else life throws at her. We spend a substantial amount of time away from each other with all of the trips, training, and deployments. Getting to share this experience with my wife by my side and finding a new, exciting activity that we both immediately fell in love with truly made this a trip of a lifetime."

SOF Participant