Since 1998 Ride a Wave has been giving children with special needs the opportunity to experience the thrills of surfing regardless of if they are physically, mentally, or economically challenged.  Ride a Wave has acquainted over 2,500 kids with the ocean and has shared with them the excitement of surfing.  With the help of over 300 volunteers, Danny Cortazzo, founder of Ride a Wave, has provided participants with life-changing experiences which reinforce their achievements and potential.  Funded entirely through donations, fundraising activities, and sponsorships, Ride a Wave is always encouraging community members to take action and become involved.  Volunteers are not limited to ocean and surf experts; the success of Ride a Wave requires a wide range of volunteer help.  Professional photographers volunteer their time to document and capture the smiles and spirits of all participants.  Since it’s creation, the foundation has spread past its’ home base in Santa Cruz, CA to assist Malibu Board Riders to serve kids with special needs in San Diego, Malibu, and Carpentaria.  To become involved in Ride a Wave as a participant or volunteer, click here.