Michigan non-profit introduces surf therapy to veterans, first responders

  • Source: WZZM-TV ABC 13 Grand Rapids
  • Published: 09/07/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: It's quickly gaining a global following. Surf therapy is defined as a "method of intervention combining surf instruction or surfing and structured individual or group activities that promote psychological, physical and psychosocial well-being." Sharing this effective therapy with veterans and first responders is why West Michigan based non-profit Third Coast Rising exists. 13 ON YOUR SIDE got to see firsthand why it works. The beautiful blue waves of Lake Michigan can bring healing. "It's all about mindfulness, I feel like surfing is the best thing for being mindful," said Mark Cox, the veteran contact for Third Coast Rising. He first learned of surfing's benefits while serving in the Air Force. "It's going to be so awesome for veterans and first responders to get out here because they don't have to think about the past or the future or the worries they might have, they just think about the moment," Cox said.


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