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Torrance Memorial healthcare workers hit the waves, shed the coronavirus stress for a while

Along with learning the fundamentals of surfing from experts, workers also had a chance to decompress from the emotional toll of the past 18 months.

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Torrance Memorial healthcare workers hit the waves, shed the coronavirus stress for a while

Along with learning the fundamentals of surfing from experts, workers also had a chance to decompress from the emotional toll of the past 18 months.

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Torrance Memorial healthcare workers hit the waves, shed the coronavirus stress for a while

Along with learning the fundamentals of surfing from experts, workers also had a chance to decompress from the emotional toll of the past 18 months.

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Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice


A special issue and collection of articles on Surf Therapy around the globe focusing on the advancement of the science and practice of surf therapy for diverse populations around the world. For the full issue visit HERE

An Introduction to the Special Issue on Surf Therapy Around the Globe

This Special Issue on Surf Therapy Around the Globe in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice is devoted to advancing the science and practice of surf therapy for diverse populations around the world.

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Surf Therapy: A Scoping Review of the Qualitative and Quantitative Research Evidence

Over the past 15 years, surf therapy has emerged as a growing therapeutic intervention in diverse communities around the world.

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A Grounded Exploration of Program Theory within the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Surf Therapy Intervention

“When I was surfing with those guys I was surfing with family.” Surf therapy is an intervention increasingly being utilized to tackle a range of health inequalities for military veterans.

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Emerging Hope: Outcomes of a One-Day Surf Therapy Program with Youth At-Promise

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the benefits of participation in a one-day surf therapy program among youth at-promise.

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Surf Therapy Practice, Research, and Coalition Building: Future Directions

In this concluding article, the Guest Editors highlight the ways in which the collective work in this Special Issue expands on the current literature in terms of theory, as well as processes and outcomes for different programs across a variety of populations across the globe.

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Ocean Therapy in the News


Ocean Therapy, also referred to more specifically as Surf Therapy has been a topic of many articles, published clinical studies and lifestyle features. Please see a collection of the most pertinent and recent articles here:

Riding the waves to better health

This Special Issue on Surf Therapy Around the Globe in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice is devoted to advancing the science and practice of surf therapy for diverse populations around the world.

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Catching Waves for Well-Being

Over the past 15 years, surf therapy has emerged as a growing therapeutic intervention in diverse communities around the world.

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HOW SURFING CAN IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

It has an incredibly powerful effect on the mind and body. The very act of surfing, of riding waves in the ocean, has therapeutic properties. We take it for granted.

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"Surf Therapy" and Being in the Ocean Can Alleviate PTSD

Josh Izenberg is a surfer and award-winning documentary film director based in San Francisco. Recently, Izenberg has been exploring the power of “surf therapy”

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Treating PTSD with Surf Therapy By Michael Scott Moore Last updated: 8 Oct 2018

Navy has embarked on a $1 million research project to determine whether surfing has therapeutic value, especially for military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or sleep problems.

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Using a dialogical narrative approach to understand peer relationships among combat veterans

Mental health issues in young people are a priority for health and social care. Surf therapy is an innovative intervention that may help address this health burden globally.

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CLINICAL STUDY Effects of Surfing and the Natural Environment

We suggest that surfing facilitated a sense of respite from PTSD. Respite was a fully embodied feeling of release from suffering that was cultivated through surfing and shaped by the stories veterans told of their experiences.

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CLINICAL STUDY Surfing as a Means of Therapy for Combat-Related Polytrauma

The sport of surfing involves aspects of hydrotherapy, strength training, balance rehabilitation, and group supportive therapy. Recent adaptations have been made that allow those with severe injuries and missing limbs to learn how to surf.

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CLINICAL STUDY The positive impact of structured surfing

The intervention resulted in a significant and sustained increase in wellbeing. One year later, 70% of clients regularly attend a surf club and many have become trained as session volunteers.

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CLINICAL STUDY Evaluation of a surfing programme designed to increase personal well-being

Results found significant drops in HR (suggesting improved fitness), increased satisfaction with appearance, more positive attitudes towards school and friendships, greater environmental awareness and more positive teacher evaluations, post-intervention.

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CLINICAL STUDY High-Intensity Sports for Posttraumatic Stress

Participants reported clinically meaningful improvement in PTSD symptom severity (PTSD Checklist—Military Version, Wilcoxon signed rank Z 5 2.5, p 5 .01) and in depressive symptoms (Major Depression Inventory, Wilcoxon signed rank Z 5 2.05, p 5 .04).

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CLINICAL STUDY Breaking the surface: Psychological outcomes among U.S. active duty

The current study evaluates psychological and physical health outcomes for active-duty service members following participation in an established surf therapy program.

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Vets use unconventional therapy to treat PTSD

He sought professional help to cope day to day. But it was the moment he took a surfboard he bought at a yard sale and hit the waves for the first time when his soul began to heal.

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Surf therapy: A new way to treat anxiety, stress, PTSD, and more

Navy has embarked on a $1 million research project to determine whether surfing has therapeutic value

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Marines and Veterans Ride Waves to Reconditioning With Their Families at Del Mar Beach

Ocean Therapy is believed to assist recovery and rehabilitation for people affected by PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and other emotional, mental and medical conditions, is gaining greater recognition among military members.

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Wounded Warriors ride the wave to rehabilitation By Lance Cpl. Derrick Irions|May 7th, 2012

“This is about reintegrating a cadre of Wounded Warriors,” said Garcia. “The Miller family and the [JMMF] have taken on this mission and are changing lives during every session.”

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Healing Trauma Through Surfing | The Fix

At the end of one of our first sessions, a Marine who has initially been jostling back and forth, said, ‘I think this is going to save my life. I feel alive again.

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JMMF in the Press


The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation has been featured in many publications for both its approach to Ocean Therapy and its community events and fundraisers. 

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation and Givebox Bring Ocean Therapy to Wounded Warriors

Ocean therapy, or surf therapy, heals,” says Nancy Miller, co-founder of the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (JMMF) based in Southern California. “It heals your mind, your body and your soul.”

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Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation & Blue Wave Surf School Team Up

This past weekend, local surfers from the Blue Wave Surf School teamed up with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation and Veteran’s Village of San Diego to provide ocean therapy for area veterans suffering from PTSD and addiction.

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Surf Fiesta honors memory of South Bay surfer Jimmy Miller and the healing power of the waves

“I want him to be remembered for creating this wonderful event that brings together community and family and friends, and the beauty of the ocean, which can heal all of us,” said Nancy Miller

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CampSurf Celebrates two decades of putting kids on Boards in the South Bay

It’s not new for kids growing up in the South Bay to want to learn how to surf. Their experience while learning, however, has evolved tremendously over the years. Today there is an abundance of resources available to the South Bay’s young athletes.

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30-day Sliff Surf Challenge for the Jimmy Miller Memorial-Fundraiser

30-day Sliff Surf Challenge for the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation is wrapping up for 2019! Almost 20 surfers participated and most of them finished their 30-days of consecutive surfing.

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Dig 4 Jimmy, Nov 6, 2014

Jim’s love of surfing led to world travels and the creation of a surf school in Manhattan Beach. Eric’s love and dedication to beach volleyball led to successful career as an AVP pro and an Olympic Gold Medal.

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International Surf Therapy Symposium breaks ground in LA Nov 2019-

Surfing feels good. No secret there. Coming out of the water feeling better is a pretty universal reaction. But in recent years, the research and testimonials are showing that it’s more than a feeling — surfing is actually a healer.

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Surf Fiesta honors memory of South Bay Surfer Jimmy Miller and the healing power of the waves Oct 16, 2019

The Jimmy Surf Fiesta on Sunday, Oct. 13, at El Porto beach in Manhattan Beach not only paid homage to the surfer and lifeguard who once ruled the South Bay surf scene, but also keeps the momentum going for family and friends who hold surf

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Surf Fiesta honors memory of South Bay surfer Jimmy Miller and the healing power of the waves Oct 13, 2019

“I want him to be remembered for creating this wonderful event that brings together community and family and friends, and the beauty of the ocean, which can heal all of us,” said Nancy Miller

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Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind Helps Make This Los Angeles Fundraiser Rock July 29, 2019

The funds raised by this event will help the at risk youth, veterans and Marines that are served by JMMF, experience the healing power of the ocean.

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Jimmy Miller Foundation Honors DeSantises at Manhattan Beach BeneFiesta May 22, 2019 -

Rebecca and Rob DeSantis were presented with the inaugural Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Legacy Award during the foundation’s annual BeneFiesta party last weekend in Manhattan Beach.

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Waves of participants boost Jimmy Surf Fiesta in Manhattan Beach Oct 14, 2018

More than 1,000 people hit the waves Sunday, participating in the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation’s Jimmy Surf Fiesta in Manhattan Beach, an annual one-day event that raises money to help fund programs related to ocean therapy.

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Navy SEAL plans San Clemente to Catalina swim September 7, 2018

Loeffler is using the marathon swim to raise awareness of the healing properties of nature and to raise funds for The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, which offers ocean therapy to veterans.

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Surfers Alex Gray, Jeff Miller discuss surf champion Irons’

Gray and Jeff Miller discussed their “unfortunate common bond” Thursday night on stage at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater, following a sold-out screening of “Andy Irons: Kissed by God.”

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Beach sports – Jimmy Miller Manhattan Beach June 18, 2018

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation hosted a day of Ocean Therapy for 65 kids from JK Livin (Just Keep Living) on June 2, at Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach. The non profit was founded by actor and surfer Matthew McConaughey.

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Surfers, volleyball players compete in Manhattan Beach Dig 4 Jimmy May 6, 2014

Fonoimoana and Jimmy Miller grew up in Manhattan Beach surfing together and were classmates at Mira Costa, where they played on a championship volleyball team in the mid-80s.

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Groms claim Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta title in Manhattan Beach October 15, 2013

A team of groms, led by stand-out performances from the brothers grom Zachary, 13, and Jake Rosenberg, 9, won the 9th Annual Fresh Brothers Jimmy Miller Fiesta contest at El Porto on Sunday. Zachary Rosenberg’s performance in the grom-size surf earned him the Sector 9 Best Performance by a Grom award.

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Marines enlist Jimmy Miller Foundation June 21, 2012

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (“JMMF”) is proud and honored to serve the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West with our unique Ocean Therapy program, combining the core activity of surfing and the healing power of the ocean with professional occupational therapy and sports psychology.

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Ocean stars light up for Jimmy Miller Benefiesta July 24, 2012

“Many non-profits come to help the Wounded Warriors, but there is no program that has been as effective and helped more Marines regain confidence and a zest for living than the JMMF Ocean Therapy Program. For four years, JMMF has been there for our Marines. There is no question, this program works.”

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Jim Miller Surf Festival enjoys best of summer weather, winter waves October 16, 2012

More than 200 surfers participated in the family-oriented contest, many of them groms, making the day a fitting tribute to contest namesake, Jimmy Miller. Miller was a Los Angeles County lifeguard and founder of Camp Surf, one of the first instructional surf camps for kids

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Marines, the Green Pickle, waves make for memorable Miller Fest October 13, 2011

The weather was balmy, the surf head high and 175 surfers helped raise over $20,000 at the Sixth Annual Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta on Sunday at 42nd Street in El Porto.

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The “Jimmy” Surf Fiesta Oct 9, 2011

Check in is at 7 a.m. (first heat, 7:30 a.m.) for the 6th annual Jimmy Miller memorial Foundation Surf Fiesta at 4oth StTower, El Porto.

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Dig for Jimmy Surf N’ Turf [PHOTOS] May 12, 2011

“It’s like a reunion. It’s what we did growing up,” said Fonoimoana, on the May Sunday that felt like mid summer, with a waist high wind swell and blistering hot sand on the volleyball courts.

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Seventh grade setter carries Olympian to Surf n’ Turf title May 13, 2011

The question was posed to the 12-year-old while he and his teammates accepted the first place trophy in the volleyball division of the Second Annual Dig For Jimmy Surf and Turf Sunday night (May 1) at Sangria.

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Spirit of Local Legend Lives On: The Jimmy Miller Foundation, July 22nd, 2010

Hundreds for people assembled last Sunday to support the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation at the Second Annual “Jimmy” Surf Fiesta in Manhattan Beach. Surfers of all abilities came from miles around to participate in the unique charity event

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Manhattan Beach Jimmy Miller surf contest has weird rules October 11, 2010

The 160 competitors ranged in ability from former Mira Costa standouts Kelly Zaun and Dayton Silva to grommets surfing their first contest and old guys surfing what could be their last. Over the years the contest has become a showcase for the area’s upcoming grommets.

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Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins Joins Jimmy Miller Foundation to Support Vets through Surfing | The Inertia

“I love this group,” said Jenkins of the Jimmy Miller Foundation. “They honor Jimmy’s life by teaching people who have PTSD, who are working through that, and we take them surfing.

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Benefiesta – Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation 2019 Benefiesta fundraiser was hosted at the fabulous home of Scott and Liz Whitehead in Manhattan Beach. The funds raised by this event will help the at risk youth, veterans and Marines that are served by JMMF, experience the healing

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Beach Day with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation - May 25, 2017

This organization is doing remarkable work through providing free ocean therapy classes and surf lessons to veterans, foster children and inner city youth.

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Wounded Warriors ride the wave to rehabilitation By Lance Cpl. Derrick Irions | | May 7, 2012

Juan M. Garcia, assistant secretary of the Navy returned to Pendleton’s waterfront, May 5, to surf alongside Wounded Warrior Marines, participating in the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation ocean therapy program.

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When Oceans Heal: In Praise of the Jimmy Miller Foundation, July 7th, 2012

In Manhattan Beach, Calif., just a few miles south of Los Angeles in what is known as the South Bay, Jimmy Miller was a young man who lived life to the fullest.

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