Our Team

While a large and dedicated group of volunteers deserves huge credit for making Operation Surf possible, our phenomenal board members and hardworking leadership staff are indispensable for keeping our organization running. Contributions from our financial supporters make it possible for us to do the work that we do.

Board of Directors

Kimberly Kuden

Kimberly Kuden

Chairman

Alicia Suits

Alicia Suits

Secretary

Dave Henderson

Dave Henderson

Treasurer

Russ Kabaker

Russ Kabaker

Director

Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards

Director

Felipe Buzaid

Felipe Buzaid

Director

Leadership Staff

Van Curaza

Van Curaza

Founder/Director

Payton Carty

Payton Carty

Communications Manager

Amanda Curaza

Amanda Curaza

Executive Director

Neil Hancox

Neil Hancox

OS6 Veteran Leader

Sierra Mendoza

Sierra Mendoza

Operations Manager

Cal Poly Interns

Sara Schoepp

Sara Schoepp

Operations Intern

John Balido (JB)

John Balido (JB)

Operations Intern

Madison Kudsk

Madison Kudsk

Finance Intern

Testimonials

“This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Lifetime memories and bonds were made. This wasn’t just a surfing trip, for me this was a group of people fighting individual battles coming together, sharing experiences and unconditional love. I’m leaving with more confidence in myself than I came with.”

Allan W.

Operation Surf Participant

“I am so grateful and humbled to have had the experience and met the people I have met. The healing powers of the ocean should never be taken lightly or for granted. This experience changed me, and I couldn’t be more thankful than I am right now!” 

Luz T.

Operation Surf Participant

“I had decided to check surfing off my bucket list and after I got back I was going to kill myself. While I was at Operation Surf there was this sense of peace that came over me and I realized my life wasn’t mine to take. If something like surfing can bring peace to my life then I should live on and try to help as many other veterans as possible.”

Bobby L.

Operation Surf Participant