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WWTW North East Surf Camp

In partnership with South Shields Surf and Sea ( C ) Company, kindly funded by Inspire South Shields, WWTW NE launched our first 6-week North-East Veterans Surf programme.


The programme will run every Wednesday until the 20th of October 2021, free of charge to veterans, as well as their partners and family members. We also hope to roll out programmes in 2022 and 2023.

A number of veterans took part in our first session including Gary and his son, Arran. Following the session WWTW received a call from Gary’s wife, who wanted us to know how much fun Gary and Arran had had at the surfing session – apparently, they didn’t stop talking about it – she said it was the happiest she had seen them both in a long time.

Gary was talking about getting himself a surfboard – he said he felt amazing when he was in the water.

Sea Company is a not for profit, military veterans' surf therapy group lead by Matt Blair. Matt served in the Paras between 2007-2016 and moved to South Shields in 2018 where he discovered his passion for surfing. He found surfing a great tool to help focus and calm his mind with the added benefit of keeping him fit. Sea Company was born out of Matt’s desire to share with other veterans the benefits of surfing and spending time in the water. South Shields Surf CIC share Matt’s enthusiasm for surf therapy and provide a brilliant base, as well as extensive surf knowledge.

Gemma McDonald, WWTW, said “It’s great to collaborate with individuals who share our passion to support the ex-service community.  The guys are coming out of the water completely re-energised.  They’re already reporting benefits to both their mental and physical health, all while gaining a new hobby at the same time.”

If you are interested in participating in any of our free surfing sessions, please email gemma.mcdonald@wwtw.org.uk