THE STORY BEHIND

We are a Veteran focused non-profit. That’s likely over-simplified, but it’s cleaner than the long list of ways we love to be involved in our community.

We host truly unique combined surfing and wake surfing camps. Each of the multi-day all-inclusive events are fueled by a community of amazing volunteers that introduce current members of the military and veterans, some with with disabilities, visible and non- visible, to the surfing community and the health benefits that come from surfing.

We sincerely believe that we are instrumental in helping to break the negative cycle that often surrounds our veteran community by providing a community built on camaraderie, motivation, and memorable opportunities to enjoy active therapeutic hobbies.

We are growing and expanding our capabilities as our partnerships grow. We can't wait to tell you what's coming up next!

If you are current military or a veteran interested in riding in one of our camps, looking to get involved with an Adaptive Surfing competition, or have a general question, please use the “Contact Us” button in the top right corner of this page.

Want to help out? Great, we have hundreds of hours to fill! Sign up on our “Volunteer” page today.

OUR TEAM

Michael Ward

Michael Ward

Chairman of the Board of The Other 23

Mr. Ward, 30, Chairman of the Board of The Other 23, and one of our founders. He currently serves as CEO of Talent Labs LLC, and has served on the board of Team Austin, a local non-profit.
Growing up in the South Pacific as a missionary kid and serving as a member of the United States Air Force, have helped shape his worldview, giving him valuable perspective as he has built dynamic relationships that cut across all cultures and social backgrounds. He strives to be a bridge-builder who helps people connect through their shared humanity, and through valuing the unique life experiences of each person. He’s found a great fit with his love of surfing and his passion for making an impact.

    Adam Caballero

    Adam Caballero

    Founder of The Other 23

    Mr. Caballero serves on the Board of Directors and is a Founder of The Other 23. He finds joy in his work helping veterans benefit from surfing therapy. Mr. Caballero is a native Texan who likes his Whataburger, brisket (burnt ends) and pecan pie.. no frills, just Texas.

      Elizabeth Lestina

      Elizabeth Lestina

      Treasurer of The Other 23

      Ms. Lestina, 26, is Treasurer of The Other 23. She has been instrumental since the conception of The Other 23. She has held various positions within the healthcare field with companies such as General Electric and Seton Family Hospitals.
      A transplant from Chicago, Ms. Lestina has lived in Austin since 2010, where she has learned a passion for surfing and the therapeutic benefits it can provide. Her priority at each event, is to focus on creating life long memories that each participant can take home with them and share with their community.