Amazing Surf Adventures
March 22nd - 28th 2018
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Capitola Foundation was proud to have hosted Opening Ceremonies for Operation Surf Santa Cruz this year. This week long event is held in support of the men and women whom have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. Severely wounded active duty and veteran service members from various branches of the U.S. military who served in Afghanistan and Iraq took part in this epic, life-changing experience. Read more.
The troops were transported from Dream Inn led by police motorcade in vintage cars, following the Wharf to Wharf route along Monterey Bay. After Opening Ceremonies, the veterans hit the beach for a yoga & stretching session and a day on the water, surfing with instructors by their sides.
The highlight on Sathrday was a visit from Frosty Hesson, Mavericks surfing legend, who arrived with copies of his book, Making Mavericks - each individually autographed to each of the veterans. He sat on the sea wall at the Esplanade and handed out the books to them, spendiing time talking with each.
For many participants, the trip to Operation Surf is their first time leaving the hospital since being injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, making this unique and highly effective healing tool an invaluable part of their early recovery. At previous Operation Surf Santa Cruz events, the wounded heroes have been astounded at the outpouring of love and appreciation from the Santa Cruz community and its many volunteers.