Surfing Nonprofit Gives SFUSD Students Unique Physical Education and Leadership Opportunities


Did you know that you can learn how to surf at SFUSD? Thanks to SFUSD’s partnership with City Surf Project, students at Mission, Ida B. Wells, Independence, Aptos, Burton, and Balboa can take part in surfing physical education (PE) classes and after school surfing programs. City Surf Project is an SF-based nonprofit that builds a connection to the outdoors and life skills through surf instruction. It is currently the only surfing nonprofit working directly with schools in California.

Additionally, the City Surf Project offers the Surf Instruction Leadership Training (SILT) program to high school students who have previously participated in a City Surf Project program. Through the program, students train to become surf instructors for summer classes.

Two San Francisco high school students, Trew from Ida B. Wells and Kenia from Leadership, have participated in SILT and are featured in a new documentary called Fearless Perspectives. In the film, Trew and Kenia reflect on how their introduction to surfing has not only affected their lives, but created a greater sense of connection and camaraderie within their communities.

Watch the film below, and learn more about SFUSD’s PE and after school programs.