Surfing is a unique sport that challenges one’s self and forges a connection with the ocean on a personal and spiritual level. A regular surfing practice allows us to access the healing powers of nature, compels us to recognize our interconnectedness with other beings, and teaches us to feel comfortable and competent navigating the elements.

Our surf programs are about providing access and exposure to surfing and the ocean during one time events as well as creating opportunities for ongoing and deepened connections.  We provide programs for girls, for women and for intergenerational groups.  


Intergenerational programs

  • Community Surf Sister Saturdays: On Saturdays in the Spring and Fall, women and girls ages 9-99 get together to connect with the ocean and learn to surf. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary as participants are welcomed into the Brown Girl Surf community.

  • Rising Leaders: A new program for youth and adults who have participated in Brown Girl Surf events in the past. Youth and adults are paired up as a team, and help to run the logistics of Community Surf Sister Saturdays. At the beach, girls and adults get an opportunity to both act as coaches to others, and receive coaching themselves. The teams also go on independent surf trips and outings. By application.


Programs for girls age 9-18

  • Summer Camp: Three 4-day surf camps with the first day of each camp spent locally in Oakland, which integrate lessons in surfing, ocean awareness, marine ecology, and conservation.  Equipment, transportation, and lunch are provided. 

Programs for Women Age 18+

  • Volunteer Surf Instructor Program: Our Volunteer Surf Instructor Program is an opportunity for volunteers to deepen their commitment to the Brown Girl Surf movement by becoming Volunteer Surf Instructors.  Volunteers participate in Ocean Safety trainings with certified ocean lifeguards as well as trainings with Brown Girl Surf where they learn surf instruction and surfboard handling, safety protocols and the Brown Girl Surf curriculum and philosophy.