Beach Maintenance

Todd Gould is organizing some beach maintenance for San Onofre this weekend.


Are you free for a few hours this Sunday morning? If so, please sign up on the link below and join us for our service project with The San Onofre Foundation from 8am-12pm this Sunday, September 30th. We are looking for a few great volunteers so feel free to pass this on to your family, friends, organizations, etc. Volunteers will help Matthew, Miles, Benjamin, Isaias, and Todd with much-needed clean up and refurbishment of the San Clemente, San Mateo, and San Onofre State Beaches and Parks.

We are a group of Veterans working to improve our communities through The Mission Continues program, which provides fellowships to post 9/11 Veterans all over the country. The Mission Continues is a non-profit that helps returning Veterans assimilate into the civilian populace by giving them the tools necessary to go out and secure that first job after the service and to make citizen leaders out of our returning military leaders.

These are a few reasons we chose to join together and raise volunteer support for the San Onofre Foundation and State Parks:

· Camp Pendleton is co-located with San Onofre and San Clemente, and has extremely strong ties with the community. As Veterans we all respect this historic relationship and wish to give back.
· We all share a deep respect and passion for the ocean and waterways and what they offer us. This is one way to help maintain and preserve access to them.
· There are an increasing number of unfunded projects in the CA State Parks budget. We aim to lessen the burden by raising volunteer support and awareness.

1. San Clemente State Beach – Trail maintenance on the north and south trails leading to the beach. This will entail sweeping and shoveling sand from both of the paved trails leading down to the beach and underneath the train tracks.
2. San Clemente Bluffs Campground – Restoration to the campfire center. This will consist of light sanding and repainting of the benches in the campfire center amphitheater as well as removing dead brush and spreading mulch around the berm surrounding the amphitheater.
3. Butterfly Trail – Trail maintenance and cleanup along the Butterfly Trail at the San Clemente Campground. This will involve cleaning off the trail and clearing low-hanging branches from the rest areas along the trail. We will also be blowing out debris and adding gravel to the edge between the path and the main road to encourage proper drainage and prevent further trail erosion of the bluffs down the hill.
4. San Mateo Creek Campgrounds – Slop Sink Rehabilitation. This will require the clearing of vegetation, roots, and debris from the campsite slop sinks where vegetation has moved in and prevented proper use of the slop sinks by campers as well as proper drainage of the water.
5. San Onofre Bluffs – Curb Painting. We will be sanding, cleaning, stenciling and painting the safety and parking markers in the parking lot along the bluffs.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!


Todd Gould

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June Updates

We’ve added some dates we want to share with you. Here they are.

Operation Amped 2012 events

4/27/12 San Onofre State Beach, with SURFER/Grind Media

6/2/12 Ft. Pierce, FL

6/16/12 Tourmaline Surf Park, San Diego

6/16/12 Long Beach, NY

7/14/12 Tourmaline Surf Park, San Diego

7/14/12 Long Beach, NY

8/4/12 Brendan Borek Surf Memorial with Travis Manion Foundation – first ever appearance by Operation Amped Surf Team!

8/10- 8/12 Camp Pendleton, Surf City Campground

9/22/12 Bolsa Chica State Beach, Newport

10/20/12 Silver Strand State Beach, San Diego CANCELED

All dates are subject to change. Please use the point of contact listed to verify event details.

Here are a few pics from the Friend Raiser event. It was a great success and we made some really good connections.

Chris Small, one of our most popular volunteers

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Come Support the Troops

A Friend Raiser
Saturday, May 19th, 3-8pm
NTC Park at Liberty Station, San Diego CA.
Local Food & Beer, Live Music & Entertainment
Keynote Speakers:
Col. David Sutherland – Special Assistant to the Joint Chiefs – Family and Warrior Support
Lisa Cypers Kamen – noted PTS and Combat Trauma Support Specialist
Tickets: Pre-register $15 or $20 At the Door

View the PDF Flyer Here

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Video From April San Onofre Event

Grind media put together a great video of last weeks San O camp. Great thanks to Verizon, Go Pro for their generous support of the Vets.

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Watch Operation Amped Receive Surfer Magazine’s Agent of Change Award

We’re proud to be awarded this prestigious honor.

Watch the awards show live webcast:

Go to and click on “Live”.  It will start at 9pm PST. The show will air on Time Warner Cable in Southern California at 10pm, and re-broadcast at some later day/time.  Watch us represent!
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Surfer Magazine Names Operation Amped 2011 Agent of Change Award

High honors to be sure. A lot of time, effort, and energy goes into making our events awesome. Big thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers!

Read more about it here.

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One More Pic

Joe and Cecilia Gabunilas Celebrating a Great Day

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More Fun With Unstoppable American Warriors

a wounded military person heads into the ocean to try surfing

It's About to Get Really Fun

More inside from our free 3 day surf camp for wounded and injured veterans.

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Next Operation Amped Camp Sept 17, 2011 Huntington Beach

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach

• Operation Amped ( provides introductory surf instruction for severely wounded, ill, and injured veterans as a form of recreational therapy.
• Since 2006 our teams of volunteers have provided outstanding instruction and a great way for participants to learn the art and sport of surfing!
• Lunch and snacks included. No wetsuit required, we got ‘em for you! Boards and expert instructors provided by the Corky Carroll Surf School ( Families are welcome to attend!
• To sign up, or for more info, contact: Operation Amped: Doug May ( or Bill Konegni (

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Billabong Stokes Out Wounded Vets Again and Again

For almost 6 years the surf company, Billabong, has been one of the biggest supporters of wounded veterans. Whenever we ask them for support, they over deliver, year in and year out. You want to borrow some wetsuits? Here’s some brand new ones, tags on and all. Tell the vets they can keep them if they promise to keep using them. Need to borrow a canopy? Here’s 2 of the highest quality. You’re going to be holding the event at Church’s? The bottoms might be pretty rocky. Here’s 25 pairs of booties for the vets too. You got enough drinks? Here’s 20 cases of monster, water, ice teas. How about some of our pro’s stopping by the camp to help out and sign autographs? Mike Parsons and Greg Long will be by to spread some stoke and, help in the water, and sign posters.

All without conditions. They don’t ask to hang banners, be mentioned in press releases or media mentions. In fact, they go out of the way to do it in the most low key way possible.

When you’re shopping for surf gear, you’ve got a lot of choices. Billabong’s gear is some of the finest made. If that’s not reason enough, why not choose the company that steps into the breach for our young veterans?

A veteran with a prosthetic leg, wears a donated Billabong wetsuit and Billabong boot.

Thank you Billabong for Making this Surf Camp Possible

More photos of billabong’s generosity here

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