A group of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, supported by Help for Heroes, have just returned from the 10th annual Op Surf, an adaptive surf program in California, USA.
The week-long trip provided an environment where participants worked to overcome perceived limitations of their physical and psychological disabilities.
The expedition formed part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme, and used surfing as a rehabilitation and recovery activity that also integrated UK and US service personnel.
Jonpaul Nevin, Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach at Help for Heroes said: “Once again Operation Surf 2014 has proven to be an awesome experience for both UK and US wounded service personal. The guys had 1-1 tuition from some top names in the surfing world including Laird Hamilton, Antony Tashnick, Richard Schmidt, Danny Nicols and Van Curuza. The energy throughout the week was tangible and everyone caught some great waves!”
The Avila Beach based non-profit Amazing Surf Adventures collaborated with Operation Comfort and Help for Heroes to host the event, which provided a unique, challenging and highly rewarding opportunity in rehabilitation/recovery activity. Professional adaptive surf instructors worked with wounded military for the week of surfing at Avila, Morro Bay, and Shell Beaches.
Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery for six years, and in the past year alone have put on 300 events across 50 different sports enabling over 1,800 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports.