OUR EXPERIENCES OVERSEAS AND IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES HAVE LED US TO THIS MOMENT OF CHANGE. SURFING HAS BEEN AN UNDENIABLE INFLUENCE IN THE LIVES OF EACH OF OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS. TOGETHER, WE MAKE UP A TEAM THAT EXPLEMIFIES TRUE PASSION FOR INTRODUCING SURF CULTURE AND CAMARADERIE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RETURNED HOME FROM THE BATTLEFIELD, WITH INJURIES BOTH VISUAL AND HIDDEN.
Our military experience ranges from combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Our surfing experience ranges from professionals, coaches, and enthusiasts.
Andrew J Manzi
Cofounder and President of the WSF
Andrew was born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut. As a result of the events of 9/11, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps Infantry in 2003. Andrew deployed multiple times to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2007, and due to injuries suffered in combat he medically retired as a Sergeant. Turbulent years followed discharge, but the pivotal moment came with his introduction to surfing on the Rhode Island coast. This new form of therapy has changed his life forever, and it is the mission of the Warrior Surf Foundation to bring this change to other veterans and their families.
Cofounder and Chief Operations Officer
Tyler grew up surfing in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. A US Army Veteran, he worked as a medic for over 10 years and completed multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Tyler became a Diplomatic Security medic in Iraq, and is currently pursuing his love of medicine as an instructor. Whether working on or off the battlefield, he remains on the frontline of helping those in need. Struggling with post-war injuries, Tyler has utilized surfing as a tool for personal solace between deployments. Once Tyler and Andrew joined ideas, talents, and experiences, the Warrior Surf Foundation was born.