CAO Gives Back To Operation Surf

October 13, 2015 | Rick Rodriguez | 11 Comments

I meet a lot of veterans in my travels. Every now and then I meet someone on active duty. These people are amazing to me. I could never do what they do.

Ed McKenna and I came up with the idea to create a cigar to pay tribute to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. We make cigars for a living. They put themselves in harm’s way for us. It’s the least we could do.

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Making CAO Honor was one thing but for us, it wasn’t enough. We wanted to do something special, something different and unique to honor military heroes. Especially the brave people who come back with major injuries – the kind you can see, and the kind you can’t…

We’ve been donating cigars to Operation Surf for the last several years and with the release of Honor, we decided to take this a step further. Ed and I are really proud to say that CAO has made a donation to Operation Surf, to help them continue the incredible work they do.

You might not have heard of Operation Surf, so let me fill you in. This is the coolest, most innovative approach to helping active duty and veteran heroes we’ve ever seen. Their motto is “changing lives one wave at a time.” The program is led by world-class surfer Van Curaza -- he and his team run weeklong surf camps where they help the heroes “overcome the perceived limitations of their disabilities” through surfing. Take a look at their website and watch the video on their homepage. You’ll see how incredible this program is.

Stay tuned to the CAO social channels for photos and video footage from this, the 13th Operation Surf event taking place on Oct. 13-19 in California’s Central Coast.

And please, if you can donate to Operation Surf, do so.

Keep smoking!

- Rick

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  • Nathan 01/02/2016 1:28am (3 years ago)

    I am a disabled v3t and I'd like to know we're to get a box

  • joel hoffman 27/10/2015 5:43pm (3 years ago)

    when and where will these be released to the public?

  • Chris 20/10/2015 7:56pm (3 years ago)

    Pretty cool that you guys do this. Even though I am a veteran myself, I can never understand what these heroes have been through and that they should hold a high place in every Americans thoughts. We take them for granted because we are free and most people don't realize that without them and their sacrifices, we wouldn't be free. Thanks for showing them that we still care! Semper Fi!

  • Anne 15/10/2015 2:55pm (3 years ago)

    Love this. My husband is a Veteran.

  • Kenny G 14/10/2015 8:37pm (3 years ago)

    My son if active duty Air Force and I'm ordering a box to send to he and his friends! Thanks guy

  • Joe Plutto 14/10/2015 11:37am (3 years ago)

    Is there any way that I could donate a cigar box guitar or two in lieu of cash? Don't have much money, but if you supply the boxes, I'll supply the materials and labor to make the guitars. Just a thought, I'd like to be a part of saluting our troops any way that I can. Please let me know one way or another so I can plan accordingly. Thanks in advance for your time!

    All the best,

    Joe Plutto

    Sent from my microwave.

  • Tenisha P 13/10/2015 5:32pm (3 years ago)

    I love CAO, can't wait to get these.

  • Tommy 13/10/2015 4:57pm (3 years ago)

    Great cause, awesome job keep up the good work

  • Gary Patterson 13/10/2015 4:48pm (3 years ago)

    You are doing great work Rick and the CAO team! While on my third deployment to Iraq, I had the fortunate opportunity to try a CAO Criollo (my first CAO cigar). While smoking that wonderful spicy stick I realized this company wasn't just a run of the mill cigar company, they truly loved what they did. I could taste it in every draw. After smoking CAO for the past decade, I have yet to smoke a cigar that doesn't contain that love of the craft! Keep up the great work guys, & thank you for supporting our men and women in uniform! Semper Fidelis.

  • joel hoffman 13/10/2015 4:33pm (3 years ago)

    awesome cant wait to get some

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