Our surf therapy program is an epic, life-changing experience for members of our military and veterans. Bringing our participants directly to our programs within supportive coastal communities and exposing them to the healing power of the ocean. Progress towards wellness and healing occurs for individuals from all walks of life, and from every background. Each element of the surf program is designed to introduce new tools and resources for our clients to embrace after discharge from the program.
Facilitated by Van Curaza, a surfer of 49 years and the founder of Van Curaza Surf School. Once a professional surfer, Van has dedicated his life to helping others through surfing. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including ESPN and Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine, and has earned him the first annual Blue Mind Award. He has recently been featured in the award-winning Netflix documentary, RESURFACE. Additionally, his work has been featured in the first study of its kind on surfing as an alternative treatment for veterans with PTSD by Dr. Russell Crawford, “The Impact of Ocean Therapy on Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
In addition to creating Van Curaza Surf School Van founded the nonprofit Operation Surf (Amazing Surf Adventures) to help at-risk youth, wounded military men and women, and many other individuals in need. Having experienced his own struggles, Van turned to surfing throughout his life as a means to stay positive. With hopes of being of service and passing on this positive experience, he set out to help others.