ASA instructors pose with participants

Our Instructors

Instructor Van Curaza teaches a participant

Van Curaza


Van has over 40 years of surfing experience – with a love for big waves, his wife and three daughters, and helping others. Recognizing how important surfing has been to his life and journey, he started the Van Curaza Surf School to share his passion and knowledge with the public. In 2008, he founded the nonprofit, Operation Surf, to help those in need, and has been blessed to serve our wounded military through its Operation Surf program. He has dedicated his life to continually developing Operation Surf’s programs and enhancing the research behind the incredible healing power of surfing and the ocean.