PROUD CONTRIBUTORS TO ISTO
The International Surf Therapy Organisation (ISTO) promotes understanding, shares best practice and advocates excellence in surf therapy. ISTO provides more people access to safe surf therapy programs globally, establishing surf therapy as a standard form of care.
Warrior Surf Foundation is proud to be sponsored by the Sharkbanz Midnight Bimini band. Want to donate? Head over to www.Sharkbanz.com and use promo code WARRIOR to save $5. A Portion of sales donated go towards achieving our mission of promoting physical and mental wellbeing for Veterans and their families.
“Sharkbanz increases our ability to minimise potential risks inherent to the sport of surfing. We are always looking for ways to enhance safety for our participants and the Warrior Surf Community. I know from my own journey that minimizing risks improves participation enabling surfers to experience the full healing power of the ocean. When our Veterans served we provided them with every possible safety measure, it just makes sense to continue to provide protection for those who risked everything for our country.” -Andy Manzi, ED, Founder
The Vantage Point Foundation offers a reflective, results-focused transition course combined with individual and group counseling, and one year of follow-up support through one-on-one mentoring to all veterans, free-of-charge in the South Carolina region.
The founding board members of the Vantage Point Foundation have over 20 years of combined experience supporting post 9/11 Marines and Navy Corpsman in their transitions throughout the functions of the District Injured Support Coordinator (DISC) with the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Combat Casualty Visiting Nurse Program (CCVN).
In 2012, both programs partnered with the FOCUS Marines Foundation based outside St. Louis, MO. This partnership has enabled them to refer Marines and Sailors throughout the United States to the 7-day course offered by FOCUS. The FOCUS Program has two main components – personal transformation and vocational assistance. Participants are challenged to see their lives in new ways – helping them set goals, get out of the victim mindset and take responsibility for their lives and actions. This new perspective encourages the veterans to be open to seeking treatment, pursuing educational/employment opportunities and becoming involved in their communities.
Prior to founding Isla Surf School, Peter worked and managed at Nantucket Surfari and Locals Surf School in the northeast for many years, graduated from The College of Charleston in 2014, worked as a private surf instructor in Costa Rica, and traveled the world in pursuit of perfect waves and unique cultures. Peter witnessed some of the best and some of the worst surf schools during his work experience and travels and cultivated an idea of what a high end surf school should look like. Peter founded Isla Surf School in 2015 with the goal of providing Charleston and Folly Beach with a genuine surf experience and a variety of packages suitable for all levels and ages. With his years of experience in the industry and his passion for the sport, Peter has established Isla as Charleston's leading surf school. Check out our REVIEWS.
Isla is also a strong believer in bettering our community. From the little stuff like beach clean up to our work with our two non-profit partners, bettering our community through the power of surfing is very important to us. Please check out our non-profit partners The Warrior Surf Foundation & The Ripple Effect.
We provide professional instructors who are CPR/AED/First Aid certified, the best equipment, and the widest range of lesson options. We pride ourselves on giving the best and most fun lessons on the beach. Book a lesson with us and experience the Isla difference. We will have you riding waves in no time!