Special Needs Surf Camp


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Special Needs Surf Camp
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of exemption for Coastal Conservancy approval of grant funding. Through their Special Needs Surf Camp, Surfing Madonna Oceans Project (SMOP) will provide adaptive surfing and beach activities to approximately 400 youth, ages 4-17, who have physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Many of the participants will be from lower-income households, families of color, immigrant communities, and other historically excluded groups who primarily reside in inland San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties. The project will occur at San Diego beaches during ten Saturdays in the summers of 2023 and 2024. Participants will engage in fun and healing experiences through instructor-led surfing, swimming, sandcastle building, and playing at the beach. While the focus of the activities will be about fun and exploration, participants will also build their confidence and skills in learning new activities. SMOP staff, trained instructors, and volunteers will provide compassionate training, support, and encouragement to all participants. This project will further support the participants, as Surfing Madonna Oceans Project encourages return visits to the coast by equipping families with resources and knowledge on accessing adaptive wheelchairs and taking public transportation.

Contact Information

Danh Lai
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Countywide, Southern California
Other Location Info
various San Diego beaches

Notice of Exemption

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