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Our Surf Missions

Our surf recovery missions are what we are all about. 


We want every first responder and veteran to come away from our events feeling refreshed and ready for what life brings next.

A study by Dr. Russell Crawford, “The Impact of Ocean Therapy on Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” found improvement of PTSD symptoms, depression and self-efficacy. Other studies have shown similar mental health improvements.

Building a Bridge

Bringing inner city kids who have experienced the harsh realities of society and inner city police officers who serve in a challenging environment together. We are bridging the gap between those two worlds utilizing the ultimate equalizer, mother ocean. Our Police Athletic League children and Kansas City, Kansas Police Officers will build relationships that should set the example for a healing nation. As they learn to surf, the two groups will come together to share in their successes and persevere through the difficulties of the sport. Ultimately, building lasting relationships and a foundation of trust. We're headed back to Seal Beach for this Summer of '21 excursion. 

Support the Mission
The Firefighter Hero
Richard Jett and SWEL

Just over 3 years ago, tragedy brought two young lives to the City of Lenexa. One that left the futures of two beautiful girls in jeopardy.


LUCKILY a citizen recognized the impending danger. LUCKILY he called the Lenexa Fire Department and LUCKILY Firefighter Richard Jett was on duty.


Firefighter Jett later noted he felt a calling to care for these two young souls. After years of court proceedings and selfless care, these two gems became Jetts last week. We're honored to sponsor FF Jett and a surf mission buddy for the Spring '21 trip.

Lenexa Fire Department
Paddle Out for Mike

“When I finally made it out past the incoming waves, I was surrounded by other surfers, but felt such a sense of peace and tranquility, it was almost like I was out there all alone. It was a feeling I’d never experienced before and really can’t even explain.”

In August of 2020, we sponsored a group of Overland Park Police Officers who lost a close friend and fellow officer in a brutal line of duty death.


During the trip, the participants were treated to loads of good food to include a surf and turf meal at the beach house. There was a surf event open to all veterans, first responders and their family on Saturday.


The trip was culminated by a paddle out and lei ceremony held in honor of their slain brother on Sunday. As the sun burns grew, so did the smiles and re invigoration. 


Because of donations from people like you, SWEL was able to provide a memorable, enjoyable and highly impactful experience.

80+ Years of Service
SWEL Mike Panlillio Alex Ladwig Eric Hardman Rob Sanderson Reggie Torrefranca Chris Walden Adam Rosinsky

This past November we headed back to Seal Beach, Ca to continue our mission to help address the issues of PTSD and help promote the health and wellness of our First Responders.

There are two types of stress that contribute to PTSD, acute and cumulative. This trip was interesting as it helped to address those affected by both. Our invited guests had a combined military background of 20 years and 61 years combined law enforcement. The amount of cumulative stressors experienced over 80 plus years has to be astronomical. Surviving attacks where someone is actively trying to end your life can have devastating effects on your career, personal life and overall well being if they are not provided positive outlets. 

Here's a quote from one of our participants, "The ability to unplug from the daily stressors of life and law enforcement. Those weighed on me a lot and just the thought of the trip got me through some difficult times... This trip really changed my life and centered me..."

Help us out on our next mission and donate now.


100% of donations go to our events.  Everyone who works with SWEL are volunteers. 

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