Over the past few days, surfers from around the world participated in a Worldwide Paddle Out . A paddle out is a Hawaiian memorial ritual to honor those who have passed. These surfers paddled in solidarity and honored those who have died as a result of racial profiling as well as systematic racism.
This picture was an overhead photo taken by Connor Dever, a local photographer, who captured this beautiful event.
On June 5th, being part of the surfing community in Rhode Island, I participated in the Matunuck, RI Deep Hole Beach Paddle Out. There were over 60 surfers who came together, and at 5:00 PM, we paddle out and created a big circle in the water. We had a moment of silence, which lasted for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, and during this time we appreciated the silence and listened to the waves and ocean. This silence was peaceful, but powerful, and at the end, the surfers threw flowers into the water and rode the waves in. It was a beautiful event and the strong message was sent through individuals coming together peacefully by pledging to listen first, and then speak out.
This event was started by @blackgirlssurf and encouraged surfers worldwide to participate. Here are a few locations around the globe that this event took place:
Santa Monica, CA
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Linda Mar, CA
Laguna Beach, CA
La Jolla, CA
Caroline Beach, NC
St. Brelades Bay, Jersey Channel Islands
Myrtle Beach, SC
Côté De Basque, Barritz, France
Raglan, New Zealand
Eagles Nest, Australia
Long Sands Beach, York Maine
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica