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“California Central Coast native Van Curaza is on a mission to serve these unsung heroes, by teaching them how to surf with one-on-one instruction by the best in the region. Curaza owns Van Curaza Surf School in Avila Beach, but was first exposed to adaptive surf lessons for wounded active duty soldiers and veterans through his participation with Operation Comfort and the Brooke Army Medical Center/ Center For The Intrepid in 2007, two other organizations that aim to aid physically and psychologically wounded veterans.”


“Billabong Camps headed up to Pismo Beach Labor Day weekend to team up Operation Comfort to put on one incredible surf clinic. Operation Comfort is an organization that brings surfing and other adaptive sports to wounded veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of these vets are missing limbs from explosions and gun fire, others badly burned, and many suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress.”

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Surfline Press Release

Van Curaza Surf School hosted the 4th Annual Operation Surf Clinic in Pismo Beach, CA from September 3, 2009 through September 8, 2009. Operation Comfort ( flying in 15 wounded soldiers recovering from injuries and who were residing at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. These heroes stayed at the Sea Venture Resort in Pismo Beach, CA during the event. Van Curaza Surf School hosted a 5 day event with 3 days devoted to the Surf Clinic for the soldiers at Pismo Beach, CA on September 4, 2009, September 5, 2009 and September 6, 2009. The Custom House hosted a luau for the participants and volunteers for the event on September 6, 2009 at 4pm. Black Lake Golf Course hosted a Learn to Golf Clinic for the participants on September 7, 2009. Heroes flew back to the Brooke Army Medical Center on September 8, 2009.

This Event was featured on November 11, 2006 on CNN by Lou Dobbs. The Associated Press printed the event in 1500 different news publications and National Geographic featured the Event in the December 2006 issue.