[Ride a Wave - Creating Special Days for Kids With Special Needs]
  What We Do
Ride a Wave's mission is to give children with special needs the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally or economically challenged. 

Since its inception in 1998, Ride a Wave (RAW) has helped over 2,500 kids get in the water and have a life changing day at the beach with activities including:

  • A life guard demonstration and marine safety orientation
  • Stretching and sunscreen
  • Beach obstacle course
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Tandem Surfing
  • Snacks, water and a hot lunch
  • Awards ceremony
[Some Ride a Wave Activities]
All at no cost to any child, organization or individual.

Safety is our top priority, and we're proud to never have had any accidents. Participants are only taken in the ocean by specially trained RAW volunteers after participants have been covered with plenty of sunscreen and fitted with wetsuits, life vests and safety helmets.

While primarily addressing the California Bay Area, visitors have come from every US state and as far away as Canada, Italy, and France to participate in Ride a Wave beach camps. In addition, Ride a Wave mentors and assists Malibu Board Riders to serve over 300 kids in beach camps in San Diego, Malibu, and Carpentaria.

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