Thoughts on a Racial Justice Revolution and Surfing’s Counterculture Narrative

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It’s been a week unlike any other I can remember in surfing—one where the biggest surf story hasn’t been a swell event, some pro’s new video part, or a live World Tour event (believe it or not, in an alternate reality, we’d all be glued to the Quik Pro G-Land right now). No, the biggest surf story has been thousands of wave riders around the world paddling out as a show of support for Black Lives Matter and to honor George Floyd and countless other victims of America’s racist law enforcement and criminal justice systems.

As far as we know, Floyd—as well as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black Americans who have been tragically murdered by police or vigilantes in recent weeks—didn’t surf. There isn’t an overt connection between these cases…

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