We believe in the power of connection and community. When surrounded by people who understand what you’ve been through, it’s easier to feel at home in your skin and less alone in the world. That’s why we have our veteran initiatives to create a sense of belonging and camaraderie among veterans who have served our country—because we know it can be hard to find those connections outside work or military bases.
The “Surf Fire” Program started in 2022 and successfully connected veterans and their families with the opportunity to surf together and with professional instruction, followed by a community fire and meal. The feedback following each event has always been positive, with a desire for more. It is not just for fun but because it builds a community of veterans and local leaders mentoring one another to excel in all areas of life.
Our veteran health and wellness program creates opportunities for veterans to connect, whether at a meetup or over coffee. Our program aims to help veterans and active-duty personnel help deal with their mental traumas, reintegrate them into civilian life and provide a community beyond their military life to help support them emotionally and socially.
The presence of family is a crucial component of this program. Families are not just spectators of the healing process but active participants. They share the thrill of the waves and the warmth of the fire, and they also share the stories, the laughter, the tears, and the hope.
We know that healing doesn’t happen in isolation. It’s a collective journey. By including families in our Surf Fire program, we reinforce this fact. The support, understanding, and shared experience foster an environment where veterans can feel genuinely understood and accepted, aiding the healing process and enhancing their overall well-being.
Surf Fire Program Director
After a distinguished 23-year military career with numerous combat deployments, our program lead transitioned from serving in the US Air Force to aiding the veteran community. He initiated and steered the initial Surf Fire events and continues to spearhead this expanding program, leveraging his leadership skills to bring healing and support to fellow veterans.
What to expect
8-10' surfboards and a surf coach in the water will be provided! If you have your own board, feel free to bring it too! 100% family and kid-friendly. Also feel free to bring your own! Wet-suits provided November-March. Don't want to surf? - No problem! Enjoy the beach!
The beach bonfire is our waypoint through the event and is meant to create an environment for military and veterans to connect with civilian industry leaders to develop meaningful follow-on relationships.
A tailgate-style dinner will be provided on the beach. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, water, and smores for the fire. Please feel free to bring any other food or drinks desired.
NO glass of any kind. No lights on the beach May-October (Turtle nesting season). No fireworks. Leave no trace - If you pack it in, pack it out.