Newsletters

We see the impact of our work first-hand every day – in the transformations we witness on the faces of our participants, the inspiring words we hear from these individuals and the praise of programs received from participants’ families and loved ones.

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The magnitude of impact Operation Surf provides is realized best through the inspiring stories of our participants. Click the links below to read all our recent newsletters and to have the stoke delivered directly to your inbox; join below.

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Operation Surf plans to host nine programs this year. In order to make these opportunities possible, the organization has put health and safety at an even higher priority level. For a deeper look into our week-long programs, safety protocols, and what is to come in 2021, keep reading!

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Operation Surf has been challenged to look inward and broaden our means of connection with our participants. We are proud to share with our ‘Ohana that all of our Central Coast programs are operating in reduced capacities to comply with all county, state, and safety regulations as we have been deemed essential!

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Introducing the newest program in the Operation Surf lineup. We have adapted to become #UnitedinSolitude and embraced digital! Our most successful virtual program is The Canteen.

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Currently, our mission is more critical than ever, as our veterans face higher levels of isolation and hardship such as stress and worsened PTSD. Although we cannot bring veterans to the ocean right now, we can still serve our mission digitally.

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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

2023

"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

2022

"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

2022