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Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Welcomes You!

Thank you Revcomm Foundation
For Choosing Us to Win the "Grant Tank"!

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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.

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Special Needs Surf Camp 2021 by Tucker Allen

Special Needs Surf Camp 2021 by Tucker Allen

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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.

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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

It was a great Summer 2023!

Surf Camp Registration will re-open in May 2024! Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to next summer!

We love our volunteers! Join us for a joyous experience! The volunteer registration will also re-open next May 2024!

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.


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

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

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Thank you Revcomm Foundation

For Choosing Us to Win the "Grant Tank" Event!

Join local philanthropic investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and passionate community changemakers for Grant Tank event presented by RevComm Foundation. During this fun and unconventional spin on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, RevComm Foundation will invite local nonprofit organizations to pitch their mission and vision to an audience and most importantly an assembly of generous philanthropic “Sharks”. This interactive event will give nonprofit organizations a chance to secure the funding needed to further their mission.

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Supervisor Joel Anderson District 2

In Support of "Ocean-Earth-Air" Art & Poetry Exhibit

The Team of Supervisor Joel Anderson presented each of the participating artists, poets and band members with a certificate of recognition in addition to financial support of the show with a Community Enhancement Grant. "Ocean-Earth-Air" was a juried regional show about our beautiful, fragile and fascinating world. Over 100 artists and poets from across California were juried in to showcase their work on the environmental theme during the month of April 2023 with the reception on Sunday, April 23 of Earth Day weekend.


California Coastal Conservancy

Explore the Coast Grant

Enthusiastic thanks for the opportunity to continue to provide our Special Needs Surf Camps to the communities of San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles! Receipt of this grant will allow us to provide access to the coast for underserved communities and show them a fantastic day exploring the coast with supervised surf instruction, sand play and interactive fun with our many teen and adult volunteers for the summers of 2023 and 2024!


Board of Supervisors for District 3
San Diego County

Community Enhancement Grant

Thank you to the Board of Supervisors for the County of San Diego District 3!  The award of this grant will help us continue to provide Special Needs Surf Camps and Arts Programming to the communities of:

Carlsbad, Encinitas , Rancho Santa Fe, Harmony Grove, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Torrey Highlands, La Jolla, Sorrento Valley, Carmel Valley, Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, University City, Pacific Highlands, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Midway, Little Italy, Coronado 


California Arts Council

Statewide and Regional Networks

The "Ocean/Earth/Air" 2023 exhibit at the Poway Center for Performing Arts and the