Wounded Soldiers Get Week of Surfing They Will Never Forget


Last summer this California Girl did something I always wanted to do: I learned how to surf. More specifically, I went to surf camp for adults with the Richard Schmidt Surf School in Santa Cruz, CA.

Richard is an amazing instructor and a really good guy. So I was not surprised when I saw a story in the San Jose Mercury News today about how Richard helped with a project to give wounded soldiers a week of surfing.

A nonprofit called Amazing Surf Adventures arranged the week with Richard’s help, as well as the help of a San Antonio, TX, group called Operation Comfort. Several Santa Cruz businesses donated services to the effort.

One of the best things about this is that even soldiers who have suffered amputations are able to get out into the waves and enjoy the freedom of being carried along by the surf. It turns out Amazing Surf Adventures was founded by National Amputee Surfing Champion Rodney Roller. It’s now led by a friend of Richard’s, Van Curaza, out of Pismo Beach, CA. [Read more…]