City Surf Project



City Surf Project is a 501c3 San Francisco based non-profit that connects underrepresented youth to the ocean and themselves through surfing. We use surfing as a vehicle to teach a respect for nature, healthy lifestyle and personal growth. In the past four years we have served over 1,200 students, gone on over 300 surf outings, taught over 250 swimming lessons and engaged with our local community on a consistent basis through partnerships with the SF Unified School District, SF Recreation & Parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and more. Through the sport of surfing, CSP participants have the opportunity to relieve stress, heal from trauma, and find a place of meditation. Through the process of learning to surf, CSP participants learn patience, problem solving, and the maxim that hard work pays off. These skills transfer readily to other parts of their lives that may be plagued with challenges, like school, home, and social life. We are the only non profit in the Bay Area providing scholastic surfing 101 classes for PE credit during school hours (and out of school time) 5 days a week for 16 weeks of the semester in the fall and spring! We have a total of 6 programs that run all year long, along with a robust summer leadership program called SILT (surf instructors in leadership training). Although we work in schools, we are not funded by the district. We rely on the community to support our programs. We are supported by DCYF (Dept. of Children, Youth and their Families), and the California State Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast Grant. Other major corporate supporters are GoPro, VitaCoco, Casa Sanchez, Square, and Kaiser Permanente.
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1633 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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