About ISTO

WHO IS ISTO?

Founders of ISTO

Founded in October 2017, representatives from 8 Surf Therapy programs joined together to collaborate. These programs started by openly share their best practices and by promoting program and safety standards. Together they  opened doors to research the effectiveness of Surf Therapy (ST). They started the International Surf Therapy Organisation (ISTO).

In one year ISTO’s Contributors have grown to over 30-Organizations GLOBALLY and represent numerous and varied Surf Therapy programs, applying a structured approach to surfing to achieve a therapeutic benefit.

Learn more about ISTO’s mision and vision.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SURF THERAPY?

ISTO’s contributing programs are instrumental in “raising the bar” for Surf Therapy and establish through evidence-base that Surfing alleviates symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression and has profound benefits for humans (children, youth, teenagers, adults) dealing with mental or physical challenges:

  • Autism
  • Learning disabilities
  • Down Syndrome
  • Blindness
  • Amputees
  • Paraplegic, quadriplegic
  • At-risk youth from foster care
  • Inner-city youth and young adults
  • Veterans, Active-Duty military
  • Adults rehabilitating from prison,
  • Homeless,
  • Recovering addicts
  • and … all those in need by using the ocean, surfing and the outdoors to make positive and lasting life changes.

HIGH STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Since its inception, ISTO has set a high standard of excellence in Surf Therapy by sharing information and research tools with ISTO Contributors all over the globe, to expand and advance evidence.  Contributors can access the Shared ISTO Contributor Kit and also get invited to present their work at the annual ISTO conference. Find out more about our standards for contributing to ISTO.