Jessica Ripley is a certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist currently earning her MA in Psychology. She plans to utilize her skills and knowledge to start her own Group Surf Therapy for Substance Abuse Program called Waves of Recovery. At each of our Ocean Therapy sessions, Jessica is kind, considerate and dependable. She is dedicated to ensuring our athletes have a successful day in a supportive and healing environment. She unfailingly brings a smile to the ocean with her stoke for surfing and gives the most heartfelt hugs. Find Jessica at every Camp Pendleton session; she’s our ray of sunshine!
It’s an exciting time at the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation! From our humble beginnings as a community-based non-profit dedicated to honoring the life and spirit of Jimmy Miller, we’ve grown into an international leader in the alternative therapy world. Thanks to the vision and leadership of Dr. Carly Rogers and countless others, our Ocean Therapy Program is recognized around the world as the de facto protocol in surf therapy.
We started out in 2005 pioneering Ocean Therapy with children in the LA foster care system. Based on the amazing results, we extended our programming to help U.S. Marines in the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, which expanded to include veterans from all branches of the military, including women-only Veteran’s sessions. We now conduct close to 50 Ocean Therapy sessions annually touching thousands of lives in the process.
Based on our past success, our vision for the future is rather simple: We want to help as many people as possible experience the healing power of the ocean. To that extent, JMMF is embarking on a multi-phase expansion plan that includes:
- New population groups including the addiction/recovery communities, mass public and terrorism victims (survivors)
- Penetrating deeper into depression, anxiety and substance abuse programs with active duty military and veterans
- Adding Southern California locations (northern LA County, Orange County, and San Diego), East Coast, the Pacific Rim and potentially other international beaches
- Offering additional sports and activities in the alternative therapy realm
This expansion plan will require additional resources and leadership, and I’m grateful to accept the reins as the Chief Executive Officer of JMMF to lead us into the future. I’m even more excited about the amazing core team we have assembled to carry out our mission.
DIRECTOR OF DATA & EVALUATION
SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR
In addition to this amazing team, we have the JMMF Board of Directors, a dedicated group of individuals, some of whom have been with us since day one. We also plan to add new Board members. Additionally, we are creating an Advisory Board and a Healthcare Advisory Board to help further progress our vision to be a leading organization in alternative therapy.
We invite you to join us to contribute your time, talent and treasure as we heal others and ourselves, one wave at a time. Please contact me anytime to climb aboard on this exciting adventure!
Grateful for your past and future support,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Over 100 surfers, from groms to pros, participated in the 13th Annual Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta on Sunday at 40th Street in Manhattan Beach. Scoring was based on averaging the best rides by each surfer on the five-member teams. The surf was small and fast, but an offshore wind created plenty of opportunities for fun rides. Sponsors included the LA Kings and Fresh Brothers Pizza, who provided lunch. The Jimmy Miller Foundation provides ocean therapy for the physically and mentally ill, including military veterans. The therapy includes surf lessons for wounded veterans from the Veteran’s Hospital in West Los Angeles and at Camp Pendleton.
Easy Reader Article by Kevin Cody
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The Healing Powers of the Ocean
From PTSD to traumatic brain injuries, the wounds of war can run very deep, and while traditional therapies can help; sometimes all it takes is a surfboard and a day out on the ocean to begin the healing process
Seeing a need for quality surf instruction, surfer and lifeguard Jimmy Miller decided to open CampSurf in the summer of 1997.
What began as a seasonal surf camp with private lessons and corporate events, celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this summer.
“Jimmy wanted to make enough money in the summer to pay for traveling the world to surf,” said longtime friend and current Campsurf owner Chris Brown.
The Brown and Miller families had been close for many years. Chris and Jimmy graduated from Mira Costa High School in 1987.
After Miller died in 2004 following a battle with mental illness, the Miller family asked Brown to continue running the program,
“It took many years to grow to the point where now have to turn people away,” Brown said. “We eventually added beach volleyball classes, which follow the same template as the surf camp.”
Campsurf offers a variety of programs including private lessons and videos so campers can review their surfing.
“In the winter, adults traveling from cold-area regions often have on their list of things to is to learn to surf,” Brown said. “In the summer the programs predominantly consist of kids ages 7-13. We also have camps on school-free days and after-school classes. Older participants have the opportunity to learn from professional surfers.”
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by Ryan McDonald
Rough waters and overhead surf didn’t stop a group of military veterans from throwing themselves into the waves of El Porto this week, thanks to the Jimmy Miller Foundation and an assist from the Los Angeles Kings.
The foundation hosted veterans from the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital Groups Monday for a morning of ocean therapy. Instructors from Camp Surf provided tips on technique and kept the vets safe, while a pre-surf yoga session from Yoga Glo got everyone warmed up.
The foundation, named for a beloved local lifeguard and surf instructor who lost his life to mental illness in 2004, is devoted to ocean therapy. It has been a pioneer in using surfing to assist veterans and active-duty soldiers deal with the rigors of combat and helping them prepare to return to civilian life. The foundation hosts events throughout the year in the South Bay and at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.
“The idea that the ocean could heal us was not really talked about at the time,” said Kris Primacio, ocean therapy coordinator for the foundation. “Thirteen years later, we are still thriving.”
The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation wants to recognize and celebrate the life of an amazing and generous lady, a true South Bay “local”. Ruth Phelps included the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation in her will so we can continue to offer Ocean Therapy our veterans and children groups.
Ruth Phelps was born in Southwest Los Angeles on December 9, 1913, attended El Segundo High School and then graduated from UCLA with a teaching credential for kindergarten and elementary grades. Her eight years of teaching included time at Colton, Redondo Beach and West Los Angeles. In 1979, Ruth retired from a 36-year career with Standard Oil (now Chevron) at the El Segundo Oil Refinery. Ruth began at Standard Oil as a file clerk, then a secretary and progressed to working vacation relief wherever needed.
Ruth was an avid traveler. She documented her trips to London, Oslo, Banff, Higgins Lake and of course, her beloved Hawaii. She was a volunteer at the Food Pantry at LAX, an active participant at the Westchester Senior Center, and a committed member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Ruth was a rabid UCLA fan, and she followed all UCLA sports teams. Go Bruins!
We honor Ruth and her generous contribution, and for supporting us as we support our veterans and children. What an awesome legacy! If you would like more information on how to include the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation in your will, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Such a great day!
Thanks to all who attended , it was a super fun event! The waves were great and there was plenty of fun to be had by all!
Lots of pics on Facebook for all to see and save. If you want a full resolution version of any pics, here are those that Steve Gaffney took.
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