Nonprofit to launch surf therapy program for veterans and first responders

While the weather might not be ideal for surfing right now, a new nonprofit is hoping to use surf therapy to help veterans and first responders.

While the weather might not be ideal for surfing right now, a new nonprofit is hoping to use surf therapy to help veterans and first responders.

Third Rising Coast plans to combine traditional “talk” therapy with therapeutic activities in the water.

The nonprofit was founded by Shelley Ritter, whose grandfather was a veteran. It was through shared experiences that she was able to start the organization.

“Looking back at it now I can see some of the symptoms he had during Vietnam with PTSD and depression. I couldn’t really connect that until I went to therapy for PTSD symptoms and I realized a similar thing was happening,” Ritter said. “A lot of people find therapy through yoga or art, and surf therapy really popped out to me. Whenever I went out on the water, I noticed those symptoms that I was experiencing started to decrease.”

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