The City Surf Project Turns 2 Years Old

Last Wednesday night at the San Francisco Athletic Club, a very special birthday party was taking place. The City Surf Project was turning 2 years old, and they were celebrating with good friends, appetizers, brews, and of course a little cake. Now, two years may not seem like that long of a time, but in the last two years the CSP has taken over 100 kids to the coast and taught them how to surf. And not just one time, the program works with students throughout the course of the year so that they can develop and progress their surfing skills. 

Here’s how it works, the City Surf team loads up their surf vans and heads out to local high schools that they’ve teamed up with. They then take groups of 10 or so students out the ocean, which is where they teach them the fundamentals of surfing.

But it’s also key to mention that the program is more than just surfing - the goal of the program is to teach these students behaviors that will let them live healthier lifestyles. They’re learning about the ocean and their surrounding environment; they’re learning about foods and physical wellness, and ultimately, they’re learning how to embrace new situations and challenges head on. All of this through the sport of surfing.

The CSP is currently raising funds to help cover the costs of operations for the next calendar year to help pay tuition for those families in need. They're raising money throughout the remainder of 2016 and they're very close to reaching their goal of 100K. If you're looking for a good charity to donate to, look no further than the City Surf Project.

Johnny, the CSP founder, is pictured above with three CSP student participants.

Johnny, the CSP founder, is pictured above with three CSP student participants.

Andreas Freund (co-founder of DiveIn), Dylan Tweney (editor at large at Venturebeat), and Johnny Irwin (co-founder of the City Surf project) smile for a pic.

Andreas Freund (co-founder of DiveIn), Dylan Tweney (editor at large at Venturebeat), and Johnny Irwin (co-founder of the City Surf project) smile for a pic.

"Go Big or Go HUGE...." - wise words from Ian Walsh

"Go Big or Go HUGE...." - wise words from Ian Walsh

Oh yeah, there was cake, too.

Oh yeah, there was cake, too.