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