Folly Beach, SC

WARRIOR SURF FOUNDATION

Committed to enhancing the mental and physical wellbeing of Veterans and their families through adaptive surf therapy.

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OUR VISION

   WE ESTABLISH HOPE IN THE LIVES OF VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES – ONE WAVE AT A TIME   

about us

Warrior Surf Foundation (WSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to provide free surf therapy, wellness coaching, yoga, and community to Veterans struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, transition issues, and other mental health issues. We believe that all Veterans deserve the right to live lives to their fullest potential.

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Our 12-week program is designed to challenge Veterans to grow and heal by pairing the experiential activities of surf and yoga with psycho-education. Our program creates the optimum environment for maximum retention of resiliency, positive psychology, and mindfulness.

surf therapy

Our surf program works in tandem with our wellness program to enhance physical mobility and mental health.

wellness + YOGA

Veterans will attend yoga and wellness sessions during the 12-week program to work through 12 modules built around the concepts of resiliency, positive psychology, and mindfulness.

community

Our sustainable and organic community serves as a support system and network for Veterans as they navigate through life’s ups and downs.

SIGN UP today to reserve your spot for the April 2021 Program.

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Enhanced mindfulness means being able to stay present in the moments by experiencing the here and now with all of your senses. Mindfulness leads to a reduction in anxiety, stress, and rumination.

MIND CLARITY

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NATURE CONNECTION

The experiential activity of surfing requires our Veterans to stay present in the moments actually causing the brain to be more malleable and receptive to new information and views.

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PHYSICAL HEALTH

Surfing and yoga are for everyone- young or old! Surfing and yoga enhance physical and mental strength by increasing muscle mass, mobility, and stamina.

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community

Veterans experience a supportive, accepting, and organic community that they themselves help to create and foster by showing up for themselves and one another. Together we can Share the Stoke!

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FOUNDER WSF

"There's something about the ocean. You feel cleansed."

ANDREW MANZI
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OUR IMPACT

Warrior Surf Foundation is changing the way Veterans are accessing mental health care by incorporating evidence-based practices into 100% free programming created and implemented by the community that surrounds them. By having boots on the ground, we are best positioned to understand, advocate and provide for the needs of Veterans.

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Veterans served since our inception in 2015. That’s 500 Veterans plus their family members who’ve had the opportunity to learn new skills, increase mobility and enhance their mental well-being through our 12-week surf therapy, yoga, and wellness program.

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Surf, wellness, and yoga sessions since April 2019. Each session is an opportunity for growth, wellness, and change for our Veterans.

1,900

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Hours of direct contact with Veterans in our program through surfing, wellness coaching, and yoga since April 2019.    

I came through the program without many expectations. I could not be happier that I pushed myself to try something new and get over my discomfort. The personal growth I have had during and since completing the 12-week program is immeasurable. I can honestly say that I am not the same, and hopefully never will be again. I was stuck in endless cycles of anxiety and depression and my coping behaviors were entirely unhealthy. Since then, I have incorporated so many new practices and tools in coping with anxiety and depression that I never knew were so accessible. Warrior Surf taught me the importance of pushing myself, accountability with others and again with myself, and the value of being present in the moment. One of the biggest things I gained through this experience was community. I didn’t even realize that one of the biggest things from the military I was missing was camaraderie, and that is something I have regained with Warrior Surf. 

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Keep up to date on all of our upcoming events. Check out our full schedule by hitting the link below to find out our next program, local events and open surf sessions. See you out there!

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