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Podcast: Exploring Racism in Surfing with Black Girls Surf and Dr. Cassie Comley

In light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening throughout the country, host Stacie Vanags focused the latest episode of the Salted Spirit podcast on the topic of racism. Joining her in the discussion is Rhonda Harper and Dr. Cassie Comley.

RELATED: Here is a list of BIPOC Outdoor Organizations You Can Support

Harper is most well known for launching Black Girls Surf, an organization that supports black girls and women in surfing with the hopes of making the sport more accessible and inclusive. She’s been an outspoken activist ever since she was a little girl handing out flyers for the NAACP. Comley is one of the founders of Courage Camps, which aims to create a vibrant Latino surfing community. For her doctoral research in Sociology, Comely studied Mexican American female surfers and was inspired to create more opportunities for the Latinx community. Both activists are doing similar work, but are approaching the issue of inclusivity in different ways.

The podcast is worth the full listen if you’ve been wanting more clarity on the Black Lives Matter movement, and how we can support BIPOC communities in the outdoors.

About The Author

stash member Katie Lozancich

TGR Staff Writer and photographer. Fond of bikes, pow, and dogs. Originally from Northern CA, home for me has ranged from the PNW to a teepee in Grand Teton National Park.

I admire the way the ladies from Black Girls Surf and Dr. Cassie Comley speak in this podcast; their courage truly inspires me. I stumbled upon Dr. Comley’s work while working on my sociology homework and searching for information. It was fascinating to discover her passion for surfing, which has been my own for several years. I don’t have a doctoral degree, and I found a sociology assignment help service that assisted me in editing and improving my work. I received an excellent result and can now happily return to my beloved surfing. Anticipating the upcoming episodes of these podcasts with great enthusiasm.