Operation Amped is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to share the “stoke” of the surfing community and the healing potential of surfing with seriously ill, injured, or disabled U.S. military veterans and their families.
Founded by a group of surfers in 2006, Operation Amped is about giving back to those who’ve been wounded in service of our country. Among their team are number are retired servicemen, former world champion surfers such as Shaun Tomson, and even agents from one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies.
As surfers, they can’t think of any greater expression of what veterans fought for than the freedom of surfing itself. As thanks, they share their love of the ocean with disabled vets. Their vision is of a surfing community that demonstrates appreciation for the sacrifices of servicemen and women with its welcoming environment and sharing the grounding and healing of surfing.
Throughout the year, Operation Amped puts on surf events that range in duration from one day to a week. At these events, veterans who have been wounded have the chance to get free of the constraints that illness or injury has imposed on them. Many have never set foot on a surfboard. Many have never set foot in the ocean. Some can’t even swim. But with the support of this grassroots effort, everyone has fun.
Operation Amped accomplishes this mission and vision by recognizing the positive influence of nature and benefit of eustress in the healing process. They understand that maintaining focus on the possibility of positive change in the participant’s present and future as distinctly different than their past. They offer their commitment to care and support, which is embraced throughout the Operation Amped experience, during the potentially unfamiliar experience of surfing. Offering their services that have been founded in research and evidenced based practice reaffirms these veterans’ abilities and helps them with the therapeutical process.
To learn more about Operation Amped please visit http://operationamped.org/.