City Surf Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
City Surf Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
City Surf Project (CSP) offers a variety of surfing programs, at no or low-cost, to youth from Title 1 schools and underserved communities. Through its programs, CSP works to provide equitable access to the ocean and the benefits of outdoor recreation to youth who have not traditionally seen their identities represented in outdoor spaces. Their programs include weekly surfing during the school year that includes both surf instruction and environmental education, 1-day surf clinics, a summer camp, and a surf instructor leadership training program. 80% of the youth served by CSP have never been to the ocean before and most have limited or no swimming skills. CSP’s positive reinforcement-focused curriculum encourages youth to identify their own benchmarks for success - with one hundred percent of our students participating, getting in the water, and catching a wave. The nature of City Surf Project’s programs also provides meaningful play for overscheduled, stressed, and media-saturated youth to decompress, have fun, be in present their bodies and interact with nature. Through surfing, CSP helps to increase students’ personal connection to themselves and to the ocean.

Contact Information

Avra Heller
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
City Surf Project
Contact Types
Project Applicant


San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
The project involves the operation of Pacifica State Beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach, San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, various beaches in Santa Cruz, Crissy Field West Bluff, and Bolinas Beach.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is categorically exempt under Title 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) because it involves regular operation of coastal locations that will be visited with no expansion of use.
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