September 26, 2016 – SANTA YNEZ, CA — The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation is partnering with Amazing Surf Adventures for its Central Coast Operation Surf program October 17 – 23, 2016.
“This program came to our attention a few years ago and we have been developing a growing community partnership with them,” said Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “This year we provided a donation for the organization’s Central Coast Surf program and are also sending our Team Chumash volunteers to help with the event.”
Amazing Surf Adventures develops community programs that utilize surfing, along with other activities, to help individuals change their perspective and overcome their personal challenges. One such program is Operation Surf, which came into existence as a result of one wounded hero’s desire to learn to surf.
Severely wounded active duty and veteran service members from various branches of the U.S. military will participate in the week-long Operation Surf Central Coast event at beaches across the Central Coast. Through the healing power of the ocean and surfing, these wounded heroes will overcome challenges and help build a new understanding of their personal potential in this epic life-changing experience.
“We have this perspective towards certain things in life and when people think about surfing, they think about standing up on a surfboard,” said Van Curaza, president and program developer of Amazing Surf Adventures. “I tell them, ‘You’re not going to surf like me, you’re going to surf like you, and we teach you how to catch a wave and ride a surfboard for your ability.’”
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation Tribal Administrator Veronica Sandoval said that the Team Chumash volunteer program is a large part of the tribe’s commitment to the community. “Over the years, Team Chumash volunteers have participated in and hosted many events including Relay for Life, preparing dinner for a senior center and hosting a canned food drive,” said Sandoval.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $20 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the nation as part of the tribe’s long-standing tradition of giving. To find out more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs, visit www.santaynezchumash.org.