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.
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.
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I’m not even going to start about my views on people not wearing masks during this lovely time were all going through, but COME ON - do they really need to end up in the ocean too? Kook of the Day points out the obvious in their recent post: if your mask or protective gloves end up in the ocean, you’re a kook. Please dispose of your gross germ-infested mask properly. Like the trash can. We don’t need dolphins and seabirds dealing with more of our human problems because of your laziness.
Another one bites the dust. As a direct result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the World Surf League has decided to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season. Not that it actually ever got started, since not a single Championship Tour event has taken place this year. That means there will be no 2020 World Champion, but lucky for surfing fans, the 2021 women’s season kicks off this November in Maui, and in December on the North Shore for men. RELATED: Nic Von Rupp Gets Pitted At Skeleton Bay