Surfrider Spirit Sessions

Know a foster youth who is interested in learning to surf?  For more information, contact Sam Rodrigues at 721-5662, or visit www.SurferSpirit.  There are still a few spots left for the girls sessions that start this Saturday.  More details below.

We believe at-risk youth are “Champions in Training” and we are their coaches who support them, and cheer them on to succeed in school, at home and work, and in our community and in life.

We’ve found an innovative and fun way to make youth reform and good citizenry “cool.”  Using surfing and ocean activities, we connect teens to positive role models and help them make better choices and live better lives.  Best of all, kids love us


We combine Hawaiian culture, athletics, socialization, mentoring, peer mentoring, and environmental education to develop new skills, enhance self-esteem, and build pro-social behaviors.  Teens are also supported to think proactively, to improve their relationships, develop healthier support systems, and attain better life skills.


Spirit Sessions consists of 8 consecutive Saturdays (4 hours) conducted by staff and volunteer surf mentors.  Every student is matched with a dedicated surf mentor. Each session begins with a life theme.  After surfing, the group assembles for lunch and to recognize their accomplishments, challenges and journal their experience.  They set goals and discuss how the surf theme applies to their life.  Sessions also include a mini environmental lesson with Hawaiian cultural perspectives and end with “Malama Aina” beach clean-up to collect cigarette butts. Graduates may choose to become Jr. Mentors to other youth at Spirit Session events and participate in an internship or work program.


Teens can be directed to the program through Judges and Probation Officers, social service agencies and youth support organizations, school counselor, or referred by an adult or parent.


  • FALL – September 16 to November 4

Girl’s Session – noon to 4pm

  • Special Surf Community Events. Please inquire for dates.
  • Inquire about setting up a private session for your youth

LOCATION: Kuhio Beach Surf Break in Waikiki by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue.

COST: Surfrider Spirit Sessions is FREE to all qualified youth ages 13-17.

TRANSPORATION:  Transportation not included. Youth must provide their own transportation to and from sessions.