The first surfer I met came in the form of an Eritrean scientist. His enthusiasm honestly caught me off guard, I mean when was the last time you saw, let alone heard of a Black surfer? Who knew these brothas even existed?
This encounter prompted me to explore what appeared to be an aberration. Yet he couldn’t be the only one . . . and as I quickly discovered, his wasn’t. A relatively recent documentary “White Wash” was proof positive, which discusses the history of Black surfers throughout the past several decades as well as their impact and experiences in a white dominated sport. Oh and it’s worth mentioning that the film is narrated by singer/songwriter Ben Harper and Illladelph lyricist Black Thought, with the original score by the one and only Roots crew. – Starr*, Happy Black Girl
Continue surfing here:
White Wash: http://www.whitewashmovie.com/
The Black Surfing Association: http://www.blacksurfingassociation.com/BSA_History.html
Surfing in Liberia (beautiful stills): http://espn.go.com/action/photos/gallery/_/id/8676943/image/1/liberia-surfing-liberia