A charity in Newquay says surf therapy can help young people cope with a number of mental and physical disorders.
The Wave Project offers lessons across the West Country to help teenagers feel more confident about themselves, and is now appealing for volunteers to become instructors.
The Wave Project uses surfing to help young people who are dealing with a range of issues in their lives.
Ethan says he is often judged on his Autism or dyslexia but the project allows him to enjoy socialising and concentrate on catching waves.
The project says it promotes 'surfing therapy'.
Young people who have been involved with the charity talk about how much of a difference the project has made to their lives.
Established in 2010, there are now 13 of these projects across Britain.
Children are referred by health care professsionals.
Some of the young surfers have mental health issues, some behavioural issues, some are refugees and some have physical disabilities.
The charity funds a taxi service for children who cannot get to the beach so there is no excuse for missing a lesson.
But The Wave Project says it needs more voluntary mentors.
Joe McAlpine was nine when he was referred to the project.
He says he had had a really difficult start in life and surfing helped save him.
Mr McAlpine is now a surf mentor for the charity.
You can find more information about the charity and how to get involved on the Wave Project website.