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.

Special Needs Surf Camp 2021 by Tucker Allen

Special Needs Surf Camp 2021 by Tucker Allen


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, 2022!

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.


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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Our Sponsors

Successful Collaborations


California Small Business Grant

Covid Relief for Arts and Cultural Practitioners

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Community Enhancement Program
San Diego County

Community Enhancement Awards - Third District of San Diego County 

Community Enhancement (CE) grant funding from the County is used to stimulate tourism, promote the economy, create jobs and improve quality of life for eligible local non-profit entities.


Neighborhood Reinvestment Program
San Diego County

Neighborhood Reinvestment Program 
Third District of San Diego County 

Neighborhood Reinvestment grant funding from the County is used to provide grant funds to County departments, public agencies, and to non-profit community organizations for one-time community, social, environmental, educational, cultural or recreational needs.

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Ultima Hydration Replenisher

Donations of Ultima

To live your ultimate life you need to replenish what gets used up along the way. Ultima Replenisher is your daily hydrating electrolyte drink, water enhancer and all around refresher. Give your body the nutrients and flavor it craves with none of the sugar, carbs or calories. Available in powdered electrolyte mix cans and electrolyte packets.


Bare Republic
Everybody Under The Sun.

Donations of Bare Republic Sun Screen and Hand Sanitizer

We make safe, Adventure-ProofTM sunscreen to help our favorite people enjoy the outdoors with zero worries. Every clean-ingredient formula is thoughtfully designed to protect you, the people you love, and the environment.

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Wittenberg Financial and Insurance Services Inc.

July 20, 2022 Surf Camp Sponsors

Since 1984, we have been serving San Diego County by helping individuals achieve their financial goals and dreams. Whether you are looking for retirement plans, 401k, 403b, or simply financial growth, using our expertise we are confident we can help you with your future plans!

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Run Life, LLC

Special Needs Surf Camp Sponsors Summer 2022

Spice up your motivation for running, walking, cycling (or any distance based exercise) by taking on one of our Virtual Fitness Challenges. You're no longer just exercising, you're earning HUGE medals and crushing goals!


Reach Therapy

Special Needs Surf Camp Sponsors Summer 2022

Reach Therapy was founded on the belief that every child deserves a bright future regardless of
their need or disability. We are North County San Diego's ABA experts and are here to educate, support & provide a shoulder to lean on.

We Create Individualized Blueprints for Future Success for Children with Autism & Other Developmental Discorders


Kayla Mosca Foundation

Special Needs Surf Camp Sponsors Summer 2022

Supporting families with an individual affected by Rett syndrome and related disorders by providing financial, emotional, and resource support to enrich their lives. 
Life doesn't have to stop because of a disability! We have gotten so much fulfillment out of seeing Kayla enjoy adaptive activities and we would love to pass that along to other families.  


Southern California Swim Along

Special Needs Surf Camp Sponsors Summer 2022

Swim Along with Mike as he explores the California coast!

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Wilkinson & Finkbeiner

General Programming Sponsor

The San Diego family law attorneys at Wilkinson & Finkbeiner have represented clients across San Diego County for the past 10 years. Our highly experienced and compassionate team of attorneys specialize in divorce and family law issues and fight for the best possible results for every client. Reach out to our team of San Diego divorce and family lawyers for expert legal support with your case.


Lotus Q

Special Needs Surf Camp Sponsor Summer 2022

Accounting and Tax Service

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Find the perfect San Diego real estate agent

Surf Camp Kiddo Sponsor

We analyze millions of home sales to find the best performing real estate agents.