Teens Break Barriers Through Surfing

The City Surf Project is breaking surfer stereotypes and helping teenagers gain confidence. đŸ„âœŒïž

Bringing Waves to the Youth

Surfers in the U.S. have a reputation as middle class and white. What if there was a slip-up in surfing’s genetic code? Beneath the community, decadence and carefree exterior is a deeply rooted corruption in a major strand of its cultural DNA that multiplied, through coding and replication, until it became an integral part of surfing. Nonprofit City Surf Project is smashing that stereotype, by teaching underrepresented teens how to surf and build confidence.

The average U.S. surfer is 34, has a college degree, and makes $75,000 a year based on data from a Surfrider survey. To make the sport more diverse, City Surf Project provides Bay Area high school students with equipment, transportation, and lessons. A lot of time is spent talking about beach segregation, which existed in the U.S. in its most fundamental form during the first half of the twentieth century. Although police sometimes enforced these rules, including an incident on Manhattan beach in which a black UCLA student was arrested for surfing too close to a white area, widespread compliance to “social restriction” practices and norms meant beaches were generally mono-colored.

Most students have little or no experience in the ocean before City Surf Project. City Surf Project partners with six public schools and teaches about 75 students per week. They also earn gym class credit for the surf lessons and many say it's a great break to the stresses of urban living. One of the values that in City Surf Project are respect for nature of personal growth and perseverance — just because you fall off the board one time doesn't mean it's all over. You just get back on it and get ready to do it again.


07/04/2019 10:19 AM


  • Hodi E.
    12/03/2019 18:11

    My stereotype of surfer is a black tall guy with grey hair or a Hawaii native muscle brain

  • Michael M.
    07/30/2019 06:26

    Hawaii takes the cake we all know that. But I do understand bieng black and from NY. If NY is all you know. The only time you see surfing is on 5th ave Hollister or something like that. Media always gave it a Cali feel not even Hawaii. The only non black Surfer I’ve ever really known was Jonny Tsunami lmfao. đŸ€·đŸŸâ€â™‚ïž

  • Ahmed T.
    07/29/2019 11:05

    bon keuraje

  • Nicole P.
    07/27/2019 05:53

    Lol at “underrepresented”. 😂😂😂

  • Sneh A.
    07/25/2019 06:21

    Brut is doing its leftist propaganda with style

  • Hafiz S.
    07/25/2019 03:08


  • Sukirman J.
    07/25/2019 02:22

    Batruk te brajah tie

  • Jamie S.
    07/24/2019 22:36

    So you can't be a surfer if you're a skinny blonde hair white chick?

  • RA E.
    07/24/2019 16:12

    This is just plain stupid.

  • Ismael T.
    07/22/2019 04:55

    Yeeeey mi Mary en este video surfeando đŸ„â€â™€ïž đŸ„â€â™‚ïž

  • Tori G.
    07/21/2019 16:56

    Weird stereotype since the original surfers were native Hawaiians. Haha

  • Julia G.
    07/21/2019 16:29


  • Liah L.
    07/18/2019 16:43

    V good

  • Benayad H.
    07/16/2019 00:20

    Youri Assfr wa7d lw9ita i was obssesed bsurf

  • Osvaldo L.
    07/16/2019 00:15

    Good đŸ„đŸŸâ€â™‚ïž

  • Wardaa R.
    07/10/2019 02:54

    hdchi jamil

  • Brut
    07/08/2019 19:51

    This school helps people with disabilities learn how to surf. 🏄

  • Ann A.
    07/07/2019 07:10


  • Mamisoa F.
    07/06/2019 07:52

    Za ko itaingn

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