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The Surfrider Foundation


State: California


What is the Veteran Surf Alliance and why was it created?

The VSA is a 501c(3) CA nonprofit that has a mission to provide a community for veterans (and first responders) through surfing. We accomplish this by maintaining a robust cadre of talented surf instructors, hosting water safety courses, and holding plenty of equipment like surfboards and wetsuits. We meet frequently to surf, but our true flagship event is our monthly surf, typically located in Santa Cruz, where we meet for coffee, talk about upcoming events, pass information, warmup (stretch, mindfulness, mobility), pair coaches with new members for individual instruction as needed and then head in for a surf. We end it all by eating lunch together. The VSA is a trojan horse based around surfing to help veterans adjust to civilian life and enable them to live a healthy, meaningful, connected life in their communities.

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