“The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation in South Bay, LA, for instance, has had an Ocean Therapy program for over 15 years now. This very program has helped both vets suffering from PTSD and at-risk youth from local shelter facilities. Mostly, through hopping up on a board and learning to ride waves.”

How Surfing Can Help

Is there anything a good day of surfing can’t cure? Here’s a list of helpful organizations.

Surfline / Beau Flemister Author

When I was young, my dad had one of those classic, working man’s Toyota Tacoma carpenter trucks — long-bed brimming with tools, cords, hoses, generators, compressors, discarded Diet Mountain Dew cans and various ladders lodged precariously upon custom welded pipe racks. He simultaneously both loved that truck to death and treated it like shit. But I’d know that when I would hear him whistling a tune as he pulled into the driveway, there were waves and he was going surfing. If I did not hear that shrill, happy whistle, he was not surfing.

I also remember that the tailgate and rear dash were covered with an array of still-breathing and since-shuddered surf company stickers, most of which I was responsible for applying on said-tailgate. There was one sticker that always struck me, though. It was a rectangular message from an old tail grip company called Tractop that read: There’s nothing a good day of surfing can’t cure.

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