My recovery journey began in 2015 when I was serving in the United States Navy. After I suffered a career-ending and debilitating back injury I spent the next 2 years rehabilitating, using every modality the military had to offer. I spent countless hours doing physical therapy and pharmaceuticals and my condition did not improve. Surgery was quickly becoming my only hope. After further research in the efficacy of back surgery, I decided the risk of making things worse or not improving was too high and I was relegated to living with the pain.
After a year of medication and injections and every combination of side effect, I began to notice my injury taking its toll on my psyche. It was then that I started to look for holistic alternatives outside of the options I was presented. I got involved with therapeutic yoga, Wounded Warrior Surf Clinic, and natural based plant alternatives like turmeric and hemp oil.
This combination of rehabilitation through recreation and herbal remedies had a drastic impact on my health. I began to feel like I could manage my symptoms and reduce the unwanted side effects from all the medications I was taking. I started feeling like I was getting my life back again after I would surf, stretch, take CBD, and drink my coffee. The few moments after those activities were the best I had in years.
Windansea Coffee is my attempt to bring that feeling to the world. It bothered me, going through rehab, seeing how many injured service members were becoming disabled veterans. When I learned that every day 22 veterans commits suicide, I decided it was time to export my happy place to others in need. Now, whether you are an injured veteran, a weekend warrior, or just hate the jitters you get from too much caffeine, there is a product designed to help you feel better that doesn't cloud your head. I believe actions speak louder than words, so to show our commitment to veteran health we donate 1% of all profits to veteran non-profits at the end of each year.
We get our namesake from one of the most iconic and historic surf breaks in Southern California, Windansea Beach. The surf shack at Windansea has been a part of La Jolla history for more than 70 years. At this point, it’s become so embedded in the surf culture here that it’s now a symbol of not only the beach itself, but of a longstanding, deeply rooted local surfing tradition.