Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Welcomes You!


Our Mission

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is a community who are inspired by
Mark Patterson’s Surfing Madonna mosaic.
His artistic vision and spirit of environmental preservation encourages us to share our skills and resources to promote public displays of artistic expression, create experiences of joy in natural environments, promote ocean awareness and save the ocean for all to enjoy.


Our Vision of Hope

Our vision of human wholeness is for everyone to be empowered to experience nature as a beloved, shared partner in a healthy lifestyle of physical rejuvenation, creative inspiration and joy.

We want everyone to be connected to the arts through

participation and appreciation, regardless of economic status.

We value the vital well being that joyfull experiences in nature brings, and want that access to be available for all including underserved communities.

We belive everyone benefits from the experience of self respect that comes from volunteerism.





We help protect our ocean by creating ocean advocates through youth education programs, marine mammal safety initiatives, and beach clean ups.


We share our resources and create opportunities for local artists by giving awards, producing programming and creating opportunities for the public to share in the arts.


Surf camps for giving those families in need a chance to share the joy of riding waves and enjoying our precious resource. Contributing to great local programs for all.

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Surf Camp

Surf Camp Registration will open at 8AM on May 14, 2021!

We love our volunteers! Join us for a joyous experience!

Surf Camp for
Special Needs Kids

Helping The Community

Surf Camp for Kids with Special Needs Every summer, Surfing Madonna Oceans Project hosts an incredible surf camp for kids with special needs at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. This program, which is completely free to all participants, is an opportunity for these youths to build their self-confidence as they learn a new skill and have fun! Participants receive one-on-one surf instruction at these camps which happen twice a month from May to September.  For many of the children, surfing is a dream they never thought possible for them. Realizing this dream can be life changing.


Arts Programming

Reinforcing our Commitment

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Encinitas, California and was officially formed in 2013 by Robert Nichols and Mark Patterson (artist of the Surfing Madonna mosaic). The specific purpose for forming the nonprofit was to conserve, maintain and promote the public display of art and to promote environmental conservation efforts. Future projects include partnerships with local arts groups, direct awards to local artists and a series of articles in local news outlets promoting the arts.


Challenges of the Century -
Our fundraiser to support Special Needs Surf Camp

Changing Times Calls for

Changing Course

Challenge Yourself to accomplish something beyond your everyday routine! We have 7 events to choose from to complete your Challenge of the Century!


Due to the global health pandemic and reviewing the order and guidelines from the CA Health Officials for mass gatherings, we see no evidence that the 2021 Encinitas Half Marathon with 6000+ runners will realistically be able to take place in March 2021. For the safety of our runners, staff, volunteers and community, the 2021 Encinitas Half Marathon & 5K has been cancelled. We will miss you all and thank you for understanding.


Ocean Ecology

Creating Ocean Advocates

At Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, we are dedicated to inspiring the community to visit and enjoy the beautiful ocean! Check out some videos of snorkeling right off the Encinitas coast!
We want to empower everyone to have access.
We want to encourage everyone to help with beach clean-ups.
Saving the Ocean is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.

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Surfing Madonna is grateful for the community support from Ultima Replenisher!

Ultima Replenisher is an advanced, balanced electrolyte drink that provides highly effective hydration with six electrolytes and no junk, sugar, calories or carbs. Bonus, Ultima tastes amazing and is sweetened only with organic Stevia leaf. Ultima is the perfect electrolyte replacement to use after any snow, surf, bike or other sport: delicious, healthy and effective.


Thank you Lotus Q Inc.

Accounting and Tax Service PLLC 

for sponsoring Two sessions on Saturday June 25, 2022!

If you’re looking for a firm that will focus on your individual needs, and always treat you like a client who matters, look no further.  Lotus Q Inc. is large enough to offer a full range of professional services, but small enough to give you the individual attention that you deserve.
They thoroughly and conscientiously study your personal situation, and tailor advice to your specific needs.


Surfing Madonna

Get in touch with Surfing Madonna Oceans Project to learn more about our Arts Programming, Surf Camps, Ocean Preservation, and Challenge Events.

1106 2nd Street,
Suite 301
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 917-5291

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