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As a member of the International Surf Therapy Organisation, data collected as part of our surf therapy programme is used to add to the growing body of research on the physical and mental benefits of surfing and surf therapy.

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.

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

  • Officially partnering with the world’s first Ph.D. in Surf Therapy.

  • 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.

  • ISTO is currently producing the first-ever Special Issue on Surf Therapy Intervention and Collaboration Around the Globe in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. (GJCPP) is an e-journal for practitioners of community psychology and community improvement around the globe. 

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 check out their live bibliography of Surf Therapy research.  If you are interested in supporting ISTO and its research mission, please get in touch via

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