The International Surf Therapy Organization is focused on the understanding and proliferation of evidence-based practice. Research and evaluation are an integral part of this collective mission.

ISTO seeks to support contributing organizations, academic institutions and independent researchers in this aim.

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ISTO has developed easy-to-use shareable tools.  A pre/post survey created by Jamie Marshall (Stoked Research) and Joel Pilgrim (Waves of Wellness).  We also offer a pre-surf only survey for those with less experience in data collection and want to begin the process right away with limited means.  Reach out at any time.

1st Survey Option
2nd Survey Option

ISTO has already demonstrated its commitment to excellence in research and understanding through:

  • Through officially partnering with the world’s first Ph.D. in Surf Therapy.
  • In supporting the world’s first international symposium on Surf Therapy.
  • By regularly sending representatives to academic conferences within the medical, psychological, mental health and developmental paradigms.

If you wish to find out more about the kind of research ISTO endorses and provides the evidence-based for Surf Therapy practitioners worldwide please explore our live bibliography of Surf Therapy research.  If you are interested in supporting ISTO and its research mission, please get in touch via