Numerous research studies are underway to evaluate the effects of participating in Operation Surf’ programs. As these studies are completed, we will post them on this page.

The Impact of Ocean Therapy on Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Dr. Russell Crawford’s book, “The Impact of Ocean Therapy on Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” suggests that surfing therapy offers an alternative form of nature-based therapy that could potentially be effective for treating veterans with PTSD.

His research on our program, Operation Surf, showed that participants experienced:

A 36% decrease in PTSD symptoms

A 47% decrease in depression

A 68% increase in self-efficacy

These beneficial effects may lead to higher self-esteem, strengthened coping skills, and lower rates of suicide.

“Other groups focus on providing a fun experience surfing, whereas Operation Surf focuses on creating a positive therapeutic experience that continues to positively impact the participant for life.” – Dr. Russell Crawford

Read Dr. Crawford’s full quantitative study

Read our participants’ testimonials and hear them describe the experience in their own words.