During our Science of Surf Overnight program, students will learn the history of surfing, including where the waves come from and how they break, understanding tides, riptides and king tides! Along the way, they will learn about the role of civic engagement in beach access and the individuals and organizations that actively participate to ensure beach access is secured and maintained. Students will examine water quality conditions from a recreation perspective and will collect and contribute data to Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force and USCs HABWatch programs. Onboard our research, the R/V Sea Explorer, students will interpret images from a side scan sonar of what is left of the rocky reef which was present before the construction of the Dana Point harbor. Students will also analyze a benthic sample of the seafloor form and nearshore location and off shore location to discuss the different sediment type. Students will leave this program with a new found appreciation of public engagement and the history of surfing.