Fact 1: Surfing helps prolong the lifes of people with Cystic Fibrosis. The Salty Air and Salt Water help break down the mucus that makes it difficult for the CF patients to breathe. So While it's not a cure, surfing is still and amazing therapy for both the lungs of CF patients. Here is a video of a foundation that takes CF patients surfing. They have 21 stops around the US each year.
Fact 2: Surfing has be proven to help respite people with autism. Case in point Clay Marzo has Asperger's. And yet it helps him to be one of the top surfers. But it also has been proven to calm people who have autism.