Who We Are
Based in Santa Cruz, CA, Ride a Wave is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID 26-1735710). The 100% volunteer run organization has no paid positions and was founded in 1998 by former tandem surfing champion and lifeguard, Danny Cortazzo, a full-time firefighter and paramedic. Cortazzo is joined by over 300 active community volunteers each season ranging from grade school children to senior citizens. RAW volunteers include firefighters, doctors, nurses, EMTs, students, lifeguards, tech and business professionals, marine scientists, contractors, real estate agents, pro surfers, authors, actors, and more.