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Operation Amped’s MISSION is to share the “stoke” of the surfing community and the healing potential of surfing with seriously ill, injured, and or disabled U.S. military veterans and their families. 


Our VISION is that of a surfing community that acts on our appreciation of and gratitude for the great sacrifices of our servicemen and women through providing a welcoming environment that seeks to share the community, grounding, and healing of surfing.


Operation Amped seeks to accomplish this Mission and realize this Vision through the following strategies.


  • We recognize the positive influence of nature in the therapeutic healing process

  • We recognize the positive benefit of stress, or eustress, in the process

  • We recognize the client’s active choice in participation and of their responsibility in the therapeutic process

  • We maintain a focus on the possibility of positive change in the participant’s present and future distinctly different than their past.

  • We are firmly committed to a strong ethic of care and support, embraced throughout the Operation Amped experience, particularly given the potential of surfing as an unfamiliar experience

  • The services that Operation Amped provides are founded in evidenced based research and practice


Operation Amped is a non-profit organization that promotes surf therapy to aid in the recovery of physically and mentally wounded and injured veterans and active-duty service members. According to Joseph Gabunilas, Operation Amped co-founder, this program exists to provide a positive change in a participant's future.


Operation Amped provides the equipment, the boards, and the environment for our warriors to really experience the benefits of surfing and being part of the coastal community. This is ran by our ongoing nonprofit here in southern California. Surf therapy is real. Live healthy, happy, and long.

The Goals of Operation Amped are to:


•   Develop safe and effective participant instructional practices

•   Develop safe and effective volunteer training

•   Accomplish Outreach

•   Advocacy

•   Fundraising

•   Maintain the business of the 501(c)(3) EIN: 45-2776459

•   Community presence

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