On Thursday, May 29, Ken Bradshaw, Brad Gerlach and Shaun Tomson will join surfers famous, infamous and anonymous from all over Southern California at Zuma Beach for a day of surfing to benefit American soldiers, sailors and Marines who were injured in combat.
Operation Amped is a cooperation between the William Morris Agency, Sicky Dicky and many surfers and waterpeople who want to help those who have given so much defending the country.
This is the second year for Operation Amped, and it’s growing with help from the surfing public. The first event for the summer of 2008 will have more than a dozen veterans on the beach, some of them amputees, others suffering from traumatic brain injuries. These veterans have been hospitalized and recovering for months and years, and the surfers involved know that the best thing for a wounded body and brain is to bathe it in the liqueurs of ocean exertion.
Operation Amped is a good cause, but it needs material and personnel support from dollars to doughnuts: Surf instructors, coffee and doughnuts, wetsuits and surfboards, helping hands, cash donations.
If you are tired of sitting on your thumbs and shouting at CNN and Fox and would like to get involved, contact Tom Tapp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the website at Operation Amped.
For a link to the Camp Pendleton event from the summer of 2007, use this link: