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Dear Operation Amped Volunteers and Participants,

You are cordially invited to spend a day at the beach “North Torrey Pines Beach” on Saturday, 24 September from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Operation Amped has been selected the Benefactor of the Annual Saltdog Classic!

There will be plenty of chairs and pop up shade tarps provided for our group.  There will be food vendors and 5 bands lined up for your listening enjoyment.

If you are interested in competing, please let us know ASAP so we can submit your entry form.

I am asking for 10 volunteers to help me setup our booth, sell T-shirts and stickers, field questions about our organization and tear down.  ALL volunteers will be provided meals, snacks and refreshments.

If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by Friday 16 September at 5 PM.

Thanks everyone and I hope to see you on the 24th!!

Click here for the flyer

We would like to THANK all of our generous supporters who helped us financially meet and exceed our fundraising goals for 2016!

We originally needed an additional $2,000 just to run the camp and we raised over $10,600!!!


Lisa Moak from Lisa Lorene Photography took some wonderful images for the Operation Amped 10th Anniversary event. Click here to view:

Date: 12 – 14 August 2016
Who: 12 Ill, Disabled and Injured Veterans and their families
What: Using the healing properties of Surf Therapy for our brave veterans and their families, Fun, Sun, and Community!


american-806513_640Dear Operation Amped sponsors, donors, volunteers and warriors,

As Memorial Day approaches, we at Operation Amped ask that you take a moment to:

  • Remember our honored fallen heroes for which this day is dedicated
  • Thank a Veteran for his or her service to this great country
  • Get involved and volunteer at your local Veterans Charity and any Veterans charitable event
  • Finally, please give generously to your favorite Veterans charity/Non-Profit organization

Operation Amped continues to serve Ill, Injured and Disabled Veterans and their families through Surf Therapy.  Please help us continue this mission!


IMG_1501Operation Amped is pleased to announce a NEW Volunteer of the Year Award in honor of August Henry “DUKE” Wagner, III who recently passed. Henry along with his wife Tracy and daughter Taylor have been steadfast volunteers of Operation Amped for the past 5 years. The award will be a beautifully sculpted TIKI with a placard of the recipients name and year of induction. Henry’s memory will be forever etched into our hearts!


Operation Amped has received a donation from Katie Joblon, of New York on behalf of her friend Tanner Jones….

In Loving Memory of Tanner Jones (Surf City, NC). For his love of surfing, and passion to help others. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Rest in paradise. #liveliketanner

Operation Amped would like to thank Katie for her donation!

You are cordially invited to the FIRST Operation Amped Saturday Surf Clinic

Location: Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado Island San Diego

Date/Time: Saturday, April 30th
Volunteer arrival: 8:30 AM
Participant\Warrior arrival: 9:00 AM
Clinic ends: 2:00 PM

Who: Injured, ill or disabled veterans and their families

What to bring: Sunscreen, Beach towel, Beach Chairs and lastly….AN ALOHA SPIRIT!!

How: To register and receive more details contact Jered Cherry @


Snacks, Drinks, Equipment and instruction is provided by Operation Amped

Content from Wells Fargo Stories

For veteran Chris Tomlin of San Diego, the reminders of war are gradually fading amid the ocean waves and comforts of a home. The U.S. Marine, who sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq, is a lifelong surfer who says he finds peace as a homeowner — and helping others learn how to surf.

After three tours of duty in Iraq, the former bomb diffuser says he has fought his way back to normalcy. Today, he works with nonprofits to support other veterans with disabilities and share the healing of the waves with them….

Click here to read the full story on Wells Fargo Stories

Operation Amped is having a Veteran’s day surf program at Moonlight Beach for vets, non vets and wounded warriors to celebrate Veteran’s Day. We are calling this Vets Honoring Vets. It is in connection with our American Legion in Encinitas and also with the City of Encinitas.

We will be getting to the beach at 8:00AM to set up and register everyone. At 9:00AM we will hit the surf and just have fun. We have a ton of sponsors and our goal is to have over 400 people at the beach that day!!! At 10:15AM we will clear the beach because at 10:30AM we will have the Marine Jumping Leathernecks Skydiving onto Moonlight Beach carrying the American Flag. We are having Amy Suggs sing the Star Spangled Banner as the flag drops to the beach.

At 11:00AM we are all going over to the Legion for lunch. The Mayor and the Legion Commander will speak at 1 and then we will have a raffle of several surf boards, and other great prizes.

For more information, email