Surfer FAQ's

What is the 100 Wave Challenge?

The 100 Wave Challenge is like a walk-a-thon, but way more fun! The goal is to surf 100 waves in 1 day and raise at least $1000 for the Boys to Men Mentoring Network. 


When is this event, and where?

The 9th annual 100 Wave Challenge will be held on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 from 6:00am to 4:00pm at Mission Beach in San Diego, California. 


Who will be participating?

Hundreds of surfers will hit the water together, including international surfing legend Shaun Tomson, prosurfer Damien Hobgood, local surfing celebs like Boardroom Show founder and 91X surf reporter Scott Bass and his team, Boys to Men mentors, boys in the BTM program and many other surfers with huge hearts who want to make a difference in the lives of these boys. 


What is Boys to Men? 

Boys to Men is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been in San Diego for 22 years now. We provide a community of mentors and peers to fatherless and at-risk teenage boys at weekly meetings in middle schools, high schools and foster homes. We offer boys a safe place where they can talk about what is really going on in their lives, believe in them and help them make better choices. We are changing the lives of these boys, one at a time, with the love and support they have never known. 


Where does the money from this fundraiser go?

Boys to Men Mentoring Network is a private, nonprofit organization designated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the IRS. In 2015-16, 68% of revenue came from our annual fundraising event (The 100 Wave Challenge). The Boys to Men organization receives no government or state funding.


What does $1000 do for Boys to Men?

Every $600 you raise for Boys to Men will put one teenage boy through our program for one life-changing year.


How do I sign up for the 100 Wave Challenge?

Easy! Go to and click on the 100 Wave Challenge logo. This will take you to our event page which is very user-friendly. At the end of the registration process, simply click "Register" and you will be good to go! If you would prefer that we do this step for you, email or call 619-469-9599 and we will get you registered ASAP!


What if I don't raise $1000?

The goal of the 100 Wave Challenge is for each surfer to raise at least $1000, but that number is just a goal. Some surfers will raise $3000, $5000 or even $10,000! If you are unable to reach the $1000 goal, we understand and are still very grateful for your hard work for our cause. You are still more than welcome to surf with us on the day of the event, but please understand that the fundraising prizes (such as a wave counting watch) cannot be given to those who do not meet the minimum fundraising goals.


What if I can't surf 100 waves in 10 hours?

Like the fundraising goal of $1000, surfing 100 waves in 10 hours is a goal. Some very experienced surfers will hit 100 waves by noon, while others may be at 50 waves at 4pm. You are still a champion in our eyes! 


How do I count my waves?

If you are a first-year surfer in the 100 Wave Challenge, and have met your fundraising goal of $1000, you will receive a cool watch with a wave counting feature.


Can I really surf with Shaun Tomson?

Absolutely! Surfing legend Shaun Tomson and some of his pro-surfer friends will be IN THE WATER with you, catching 100 waves on October 7th! 


Will any of the Boys to Men boys and mentors be surfing?

Yes! Several of the boys in our program are currently learning to surf and some of our mentors will also be in the water the day of the event. We hold a Surf Night every two weeks where you can surf with our boys, mentors and other 100 Wave Challenge registered surfers and enjoy a free barbecue and getting to know us. We would love for you to join us!  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE


Will there be food/drinks and a place to rest on the day of the challenge?

You bet! We are so honored to have the support of many local businesses to make this event a success. For breakfast, starting at 6am, all registered surfers will get food from Souplantation and for lunch and our famous carne asada tacos for lunch.


We are so excited to also have the Surfer's Lounge in the works again this year, where registered surfers can relax on a couch, store their boards, get a free massage from our volunteer masseuses and one-on-one yoga consultations. This is going to be the biggest, best year of the 100 Wave Challenge yet, and we will take very good care of you!


Can I bring friends or family to the event?

Please do! We would love to meet your support system, and everyone is welcome! (Please note that we can only provide sponsor-provided food and drinks for registered surfers, but the Boys to Men BBQ will be open to your friends and family as they cheer you on from the beach!)


Is this event only for elite surfers?

Absolutely not! We have sections for long boards, short boards, paddle boards... even boogie boards! 

How many surfers make up a team?

We usually suggest that teams are no more than ten (10) surfers. Usually teams are around 5-8 surfers in total.

How do I log in to my donor page?

Go to and click on "Log In." There you will enter the username and password you chose (or that we emailed you when we registered you) and you can then access your page to upload personal photos, videos, edit your "statement" to send out to donors and track your fundraising progress. 

If you have ANY problems at all, please reach out to Lauryn at or 619-469-9599 and we will get you going! 


How do I ask for donations?

We understand that asking for money from friends, family and colleagues can be difficult, but so is growing up without a father. The boys in our program need your support! 


We suggest a three-step contact process: 

(1) Introduce the event and program and explain why this is something you are participating in (note that only 10% of donations are made on this first contact, but that is okay!) 

(2) About two weeks after your first email, make sure you remove anyone who has already donated and send a follow-up email. This should be a gentle nudge (there is a 30% response rate for this second email, so it is working!)

(3) Keep in mind that most donors will procrastinate. 60% of donations come in during the last two weeks of the events. This is when you ask one final time and explain again why this is a cause you believe in. Your donors are giving to Boys to Men because they support YOU! 


Can only men surf in the 100 Wave Challenge? What are the age restrictions?

Men and women, teens and children are all welcome to register and surf the 100 Wave Challenge! There are no age restrictions for the event. We want everyone to help raise money for Boys to Men and be a part of the fun in the water on October 7th!