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. 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 “Surf Fire” Program started in 2022. While the initial events were small, they still successfully connected more than 46 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 the fun of it but because it is building a community of veterans and local leaders mentoring one another to excel in all areas of life.

What made it so memorable was connecting with the veteran community while learning how to surf!

- Carl, US Army Master Sergeant

What to expect

Surfboards

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!

Bonfire

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.

Dinner

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.

Beach Rules

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.

Upcoming Events

March 2023
June 2023
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Email for more event info
and sponsorship opportunities:
Surf(at)OperationRecovery.org

Surf Fire Media Kit