In Memoriam of Dr. John Chiles

On January 12th, our co-founder’s father, John Chiles, who was instrumental in the creation of City Surf¬†Project, passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 71. Given the middle name “Seaborn”, he was destined to be a legend in the local Ocean Beach/Kelly’s Cove surf community. It is his historical roots of surfing that inspired City Surf Project’s co-founders to pass on the stoke and respect for the ocean to disconnected communities. When he wasn’t out pioneering the waves of Fort Point, John Chiles worked as an emergency room physician, thus dedicating his life to helping other folks.

John lived his life much like his surfing – with style and high performance, which earned him many accolades including multiple podium finishes at a range of California Longboard club contests. His work ethos was passed down to his son and co-founder, Hunter Chiles, who works on an ambulance as a paramedic by night and surf coach by day. We will continue to remember and honor John’s passion for surfing, and for the ocean, by passing on the stoke that he brought into our lives.



We will be holding a ceremonial paddle out and celebration of John’s life on March 15th at 11 am at the western end of Crissy Field, just inside of Torpedo Wharf. The paddle out will be followed by a celebration of John’s life at the Presidio’s Log Cabin.

Event details

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to City Surf Project’s youth programs. Please note in the comments section of your donation if you would like the Chiles family to be notified of your contribution.

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City Surf Project

1633 Valencia Street

San Francisco, CA 94110