A Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq war, Bobby Lane, was going to commit suicide.  He had his plans laid out, but before he would put a gun to his head for the final time he decided to go surfing–just once.  He then is formally introduced to Van Curaza, a former professional surfer who has now founded Operation Surf with the purpose of showing mentally and physically wounded veterans the restorative powers that the ocean can have on them. It’s a method to keep fighting instead of giving up.

“Resurface” is a brief documentary clocking in around thirty minutes, but it is packed with beautiful cinematography and raw emotions–both painful and heartwarming.  Some of the veterans featured have suffered a loss of limbs, while others have suffered brain trauma and others mental scars from the horrors of being at war for their country.  It would have been enjoyable for the movie to be longer, but the director does an excellent job of telling the story in the short time frame.

The featured veterans span the Global War on Terror and all the way back to Vietnam.  While focusing on Lane, it devotes sufficient time to tell the story of other veterans and how Lane would end up encouraging them in the process.

In addition to the physical and emotional battles these veterans face, the movie also depicts the stunning amount of medication that many are on.  A short supply of pills that have enough volume to fill a bowl or an entire cabinet.  Lane describes the difficulty he has in remembering how much to take, or how much he has taken to combat his PTSD, seizures and other diagnosed issues.  He describes the road rage, the verbal altercations and the havoc his PTSD has wreaked on his relationships.