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Our History

The City Surf Project has deep roots in the surf community of Northern California and San Francisco. Our staff is comprised of surfers who grew up in San Francisco, attended high school here and fostered a deep connection to the ocean by exploring the beaches all along the pacific coast.

For many of us, the ocean was our salvation and surfing became the ultimate motivator to focus our energy and efforts in a positive direction. The community and support we found at the beach shaped our lives and made us the people we are today. Through our experience in the water we learned how to work through adversity and develop determination, discipline, and commitment. That’s what motivated us to create the City Surf Project. Knowing what a beneficial impact the ocean had on our own lives, we want to share that experience with the urban youth of San Francisco and inspire them to live a life of fitness and positivity.
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San Francisco Surfers - The Old Guard

  • John Keith Irwin

    EVERYONE DESERVES THE CHANCE TO LIVE THE LIFE THEY WANT FOR THEMSELVES.

    John Keith Irwin P.H.D (father of John Irwin, co-founder of City Surf Project) was a lifelong San Francisco surfer who dedicated his life to working with disadvantaged communities. His vision and work live on through the City Surf Project.
  • Dr. John Chiles

    WE USED TO SURF WITH NO WETSUIT, NO LEASHES.

    "Hunter's father has been surfing in San Francisco for 46 years. He passed this tradition on to his son who now wants to share surfing with the urban youth of San Francisco"