FREE Surf Lessons from Black Surfer Group (Nick Gabaldon Day)

Black-Surfer-Day-Santa-MonicaThe Black Surfers Collective, The Surf Bus Foundation, Los Angeles County 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Heal The Bay, Body Glove, Los Angeles County Lifeguards, the Santa Monica Conservancy, and the City of Santa Monica will offer a day of surf lessons, beach exploration, and more for young and old to commemorate the life of Nick Gabaldon (1927–1951). One of the first documented surfer of African American (mom) and Mexican (dad) descent in California..

All activities will be held at the historical African American beach site, formerly known as “The Inkwell” (At the end of Bay st. Santa Monica) and The Heal the Bay’s Aquarium at Santa Monica Pier.

Come join us on May 30th for a celebration of our California seaside, cultural and historical heritage, and outreach to promote surfing and ocean stewardship.

YOU MUST FILL OUT THE SIGN UP FORM TO GET A LESSON! So please do so. We also have a printable wavier form you can fill out and bring with you to speed up the process at the beach. We do need all the help we can get, so if you can volunteer for the day on May 30th in anyway please fill out the Volunteer form!





9am: Welcoming Ceremony and Memorial Paddle Out in honor of Nick Gabaldón (at Bay Street/Ocean Front Walk) Bring a blanket and learn about this historical beach. Explore this sandy habitat with Heal the Bay naturalists.

10 am -1 pm: Free surf sessions provided by Black Surfers Collective and the Surf Bus Foundation (Surf lessons must be reserved in advance sign up:

1pm – Lunch



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