Proud to Partner with Warrior Surf Foundation (CNN Heroes)

Proud to Partner with Warrior Surf Foundation (CNN Heroes)

Sharkbanz, the company dedicated to keeping ocean enthusiasts safe from sharks, has teamed up with the Warrior Surf Foundation whose mission is to “enhance the psychological and physical well-being of Veterans, active duty service members, and their families through the experience of surfing.”

Named as one of CNN’s “Heroes” last year, Warrior Surf Foundation provides FREE surf instruction to Veterans with psychological and/or physical disabilities including, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, mood or anxiety disorders, Spinal Cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and physical amputation.

According to the Warrior Surf Foundation website, the ocean can be used as a healing remedy to counteract the unfortunate effects of war. Their program helps to break the cycle of trauma, so the body and brain can worth through residual feelings of discomfort and distress.

Sharkbanz hopes that their effective and innovative product that is designed to deter predatory sharks will provide safety and peace of mind to the veterans involved in the Warrior Surf program. Sharkbanz not only provides their product for use at all Warrior Surf Camps but will also donate $1 of every Sharkbanz’ new Midnight Bimini model (pre-sale available Oct. 17) sold to support the program. 

Using patented magnetic technology that has been researched and tested by marine biologists on predatory shark species for over a decade, Sharkbanz takes advantage of a shark’s unique and powerful electrical sense (electroreception) to cause a highly unpleasant sensation that turns them away. 

Both Sharkbanz and Warrior Surf were founded in Charleston, SC. Sharkbanz are perfect for addressing Southeast Atlantic hit-and-run shark bites and fears. 

“Sharkbanz increases our ability to minimize potential risks inherent to the sport of surfing. We are always looking for ways to enhance safety for our participants and the Warrior Surf Community.  I know from my own journey that minimizing risks improves participation, enabling surfers to experience the full healing power of the ocean,” explains Andy Manzi, Executive Director or Warrior Surf Foundation. “When our Veterans served we provided them with every possible safety measure, it just makes sense to continue to provide protection for those who risked everything for our country.” 

Sharkbankz’ is proud to support Warrior Surf Foundation and all involved in the military. A recent testimonial for the product indicated that Sharkbanz provided comfort to a Navy wife while her husband was overseas:

“I can't thank Sharkbanz enough! My husband recently went on deployment to god knows where, and in his deployment informed me that the Sharkbanz he'd used saved his life. As a navy wife one of my many fears was always him being stuck in shark-infested waters, but sending him this in a care package put my mind and subconscious at immediate ease. Thank you Sharkbanz for help in securing a safe arrival home for my better half!” 

Sharkbanz founder Nathan Garrison is humbled by the courage and tenacity of the veterans in the Warrior Surf program and all military soldiers and their families. He hopes that his product can provide some safety and peace of mind that these heroes need to heal. 

“I’m so proud of Andy for creating WSF because it proves that surfing really is much more than just a pastime. Their organization illuminates the healing power of the ocean with tangible results. You can see real, transformational change through the community they’re creating on the beach and in the water, and that provides life-changing solutions to veterans who’ve been searching for answers. As a kid, I learned to surf on these same beaches in Charleston, SC and aside from family, surfing’s been the most positive influence in my life. I’m thrilled to know these veterans will receive that gift through WSF.” – Nathan Garrison