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Next Sessions
Summer 2024

Registrations for Surf Camp and Volunteers will be available closer to May 2024

Every summer, Surfing Madonna Oceans Project hosts an incredible surf camp for kids with special needs. This year we will be at Oceanside - south of the pier for five of the camps and in Encinitas for five of the camps. 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 take place June through September.  For many of the children, surfing is a dream they never thought possible for them. Realizing this dream can be life changing.

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Surf Camp for Special Needs Kids
Next Sessions in May 2024

COST: Complimentary, but we do require a $45 refundable deposit

(please read cancellation policy below)


4 to 17 years old - Siblings of the surfers are encouraged to cheer and be supportive, but may not register for the surf camp unless they, too, have special needs. We ask that parents be respectful of this policy as this camp is exclusively for kiddos with special needs.

Surf Camp: What We Do

Thank you
California Coastal Conservancy
Our 2023 Special Needs Surf Camp Sponsor!

About the Conservancy

Our Mission
Our vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coast for current and future Californians. We act with others to protect and restore, and increase public access to, California’s coast, ocean, coastal watersheds and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Click here for information in languages other than English.

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and to sustain local economies along California’s coast. The Conservancy is a non-regulatory agency that supports projects to protect coastal resources and increase opportunities for the public to enjoy the coast. The Conservancy implements statewide resource plans through its projects, including the California Water Action Plan, the Wildlife Action Plan, and many others. The Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast and within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast. The Coastal Conservancy also works throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and the entire Santa Ana River watershed. A map of the Conservancy’s jurisdiction is posted here.

The Conservancy provides technical assistance and grant funding to local communities, nonprofit organizations, other government agencies, businesses, and private landowners to implement multi-benefit projects that:

  • protect the natural and scenic beauty of the coast

  • enhance wildlife habitat

  • help the public to get to and enjoy beaches and parklands

  • keep farmland and timberlands in production

  • improve water quality

  • revitalize working waterfronts

  • prepare communities for the impacts of climate change

The Conservancy has played a critical role in shaping California’s coastal landscape as we know it today. Since its creation, the Conservancy has built hundreds of miles of trails and preserved hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, coastal farmland, and scenic open space. Many of the most-loved scenic, natural, and recreational resources of the California coast and the San Francisco Bay Area have been protected by the work of the Conservancy and its many partners.

Surf Camp: About

2022 Surfing Madonna Surf Camp for Kids with Special Needs

We're excited to be entering into our 9th year of this SUPER FUN surf camp!

Due to the high demand, each child can enroll in 1 surf session per year. 

No surfing or swimming experience required

  • LOCATION: South of Oceanside pier or Encinitas. You will be notified of the exact location at registration.

  • PARKING - Paid Parking close by beach and limited on street parking

  • TIMES: AM Session 9-10:20am or PM Session 10:35-12:00pm

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED? 1 hr 20 min of private surf lessons, wetsuit, snacks, drinks, and take home souvenirs!

  • COST: Complimentary, but we do require a $45 refundable deposit (please read cancellation policy below)

  • AGE REQUIREMENT: 4 to 17 years old - Siblings of the surfers are encouraged to cheer and be supportive, but may not register for the surf camp unless they, too, have special needs. We ask that parents be respectful of this policy as this camp is exclusively for kiddos with special needs.


1. There is a $45 refundable deposit for each child. The deposit will be returned the week following the completion of the surf lesson, upon response to the post-surf camp email! 

No shows or cancellations within 4 days of the surf camp will forfeit their deposit. 

2. SIBLINGS of the surfers are encouraged to cheer and be supportive from the shoreline, but may not register for the surf camp unless they, too, have special needs. We ask that parents be respectful of this policy. If you would like your other children to have surf lessons on the same day as the Surf Camp, you may contact Surfin' Fire Surf School for an additional instructor. Discounts apply.

3. COVID-19 Disclaimer information - Please read carefully 

County health code restrictions will be observed, however as the tier of restrictions are possibly changing over time we want to make sure your child is safe to participate in the event. Instructors and students will not be wearing masks due to nature of the activity. If your child is too vulnerable to participate now, please come back at another time. 

For questions, please email

See you Soon in the Surf!

Surf Camp: Who We Are

Special Needs Surf Camp -

Photos by Stephen Simpson

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2024 Dates available in May 2024

Space Limited to 10 Students Per Session

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To date, we have surfed
with over 2,100 kids with special needs

One of our recent participants commented, “Catching the waves makes me feel happy and accomplished because I’m able to do something that is difficult for people to do.” He went on to say that he used to “hate the ocean, and now I LOVE it!”
Participants receive up to 2 hours of a one-on-one surf lessons from a professional surf instructor from Surfin’ Fire Surf School. Water, snacks and wetsuits are provided, and each child takes home an medal and certificate! This is a one-day camp that happens twice every month from May through September.
To date, we have surfed with over 1,600 kids with special needs from San Diego County. With your help, we will be able to create this incredible opportunity for many more.

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Our Surf School Partners

Surf Instructors, surfboards and wetsuits provided by Surfin Fire Surf School

Description: Open to any child with special needs aged 4-17. No surfing or swimming skills required. Each child will receive 2 hours of free surf lessons, goodies, snacks, a medal, and a take home Surfing Diploma. 

Surf Camp: Welcome


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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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