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Santa Cruz, California


Ride the world-famous waves of Santa Cruz, California on this week-long surfing adventure with your First Descents community! With a coastline that is part marine sanctuary, Santa Cruz offers sunny beach days and pristine wilderness that is perfect for catching waves with the incredible guides at Richard Schmidt Surf School. Nestled next to acres of redwood forest, the lodging will be the ideal place to rest your muscles and refuel with delicious homemade food by our First Descents chefs!

Program dates and communities served will be posted in early 2023.

Registration opens in February 2023. The First Descents community will be notified via email. To join the FD community and receive updates when Programs are open for registration, sign up here!

WHERE: Santa Cruz, CA

WHAT: Surfing

WHEN: Fall 2023

COST: Free!

FOOD: Professional chef-prepared meals


TRAVEL: Participants are responsible for getting to/from the program. Travel scholarships are available through the registration form.

HEALTH & SAFETY: To be updated in early 2023. Read more about our 2022 policy here.

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