Surf Therapy

In our mission to bridge the gap between surfing and mental health, ThankYouSurfing presents a dynamic approach that intertwines therapeutic practices with community engagement. Through our events and programs, we aim to nurture a supportive environment where individuals can explore the transformative potential of surf therapy while fostering a sense of belonging and well-being. 

We offer opportunities for groups and individuals to experience the healing power of surfing in a safe and inclusive space. Whether seeking personal growth, team bonding, or mental health support, ThankYouSurfing has something for everyone.

Community Workshops

These workshops aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore the therapeutic benefits of surfing on mental health. Participants will engage in candid conversations, experiential activities, and educational discussions through interactive sessions. These workshops empower individuals to embrace their vulnerabilities, nurture their mental well-being, and forge lasting connections within their communities by fostering a sense of community and understanding.

  • Empower local communities through surf therapy workshops.
  • Enhance mental well-being, foster community bonds, and promote mental health awareness.
  • Create space for vulnerability and open conversations about mental health.
  • Foster ongoing connections within the community.
  • Explore the intersection of surfing and mental well-being.

Team Building Retreats

In these retreats, teams embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and collaboration guided by experienced surf therapy instructors. Customized surf therapy sessions enhance teamwork and leadership skills, promoting mindfulness and reducing stress. Participants engage in experiential activities tailored to their team dynamics, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for one another. By immersing themselves in the therapeutic power of the ocean, teams emerge stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to navigate challenges both in and out of the workplace. These retreats offer a unique opportunity for teams to bond, grow, and thrive together.Cultivate teamwork and resilience in corporate settings through surf therapy.

  • Strengthen team cohesion and camaraderie.
  • Improve communication skills and trust among team members.
  • Alleviate workplace stress and foster a positive work environment.

Surf Therapy Retreats

These retreats aim to create a nurturing environment where individuals can find support and healing through the transformative power of surf therapy and adventure activities. The guided surf therapy sessions are led by experienced mental health professionals, providing opportunities for emotional expression, self-reflection, and personal growth. Participants engage in peer support networks, group discussions, and art therapy activities to foster connection, resilience, and emotional well-being. Additionally, the adventure retreats offer a blend of surfing sessions, hiking excursions, yoga classes, and mindfulness workshops, allowing individuals to reconnect with nature, promote physical fitness, and cultivate inner balance. Together, these experiences empower participants to navigate life’s challenges with greater resilience, self-awareness, and holistic wellness.

  • Provide therapeutic support and healing experiences for those facing mental health challenges or those seeking new methods for mental health wellness.
  • Offer holistic wellness experiences combining surf therapy with adventure activities.
  • Foster emotional expression, build coping skills, and promote personal growth in a natural setting.

Surf Therapy Research

Drawing from various studies and scoping reviews, surf therapy demonstrates significant potential in improving both physical and psychological well-being. Here’s a the key findings of the research that ThankYouSurfing has compiled:

Effectiveness in Mental Health Improvement:

The use of surf therapy has been shown to have positive effects on reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD in individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Being in natural settings during surfing activities has been linked to decreased ADHD symptoms and improved mental health outcomes, indicating the therapeutic benefits of nature-based interventions.

Promotion of Social Bonds and Stress Reduction:

Group-based surf therapy sessions facilitate the formation of strong social bonds and support networks, contributing to reduced stress and anxiety levels. Surf therapy programs create inclusive environments that foster connection, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging among participants, enhancing overall well-being.

Inclusivity and Structural Considerations:

Surf therapy programs acknowledge the significance of inclusivity by ensuring accessibility for diverse populations. The structural components of surf therapy initiatives are intended to reduce health disparities and encourage social inclusion, leading to fairer health outcomes.

Sustainability and Continued Engagement:

Post-program engagement, such as participation in surf clubs or continued surfing activities, promotes sustained health benefits and community support beyond the intervention period.

Integrating surf therapy into holistic wellness strategies offers opportunities for long-term engagement and ongoing mental health support.


Surf therapy emerges as a holistic approach to wellness that leverages the therapeutic power of nature, social connection, and physical activity. By addressing mental health concerns while fostering community bonds, surf therapy holds promise as an effective intervention for promoting well-being across diverse populations.

Our Research