SOLIDARITY IN SURF - MONTAUK
BY: DUNE ROAD LIFESTYLE EDITORIAL STAFF
Dune Road Lifestyle is proud to support the Solidarity In Surf Worldwide Paddle Out.
Locally, there’s a paddle out planned in Montauk at Ditch Plains at 5pm TODAY, June 5, 2020. (And sincerest apologies for the late notice.)
If you’re in Montauk today and are in support of causes for racial and social justice, we can’t think of a more “out east” way to show your support than by joining in.
For more info, you can reach out to @blackgirlssurf on Insta.
If you’re interested in reading more about issues of race with respect to surfing, we’d suggest checking out this piece on SURFING Magazine’s website. Titled “What It Means To Paddle Out In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter,” the opinion piece by Gabriela Aoun covers a variety of other ways the surfing community is banding together to show solidarity with movements for racial and social justice. The topic is controversial, as a trip to the comments section of the article will show you, but, at bottom, it seems like the leadership of the surfing community is on the side of those seeking to be seen and heard as equals.
We surf. It’s part of the reason we love being out east. And some of us on staff are folks of color.
Fact: we can’t say we’ve ever personally experienced racism in a lineup, or in life directly related to surfing (yes, we had a brief team meeting about it). But also fact: that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And even if it’s minimal, isolated incidents, it’s still a problem, and still something that we can all do better on. At the very least, standing as a community, in support of a movement whose cause is just, is in itself just, and good. And for us, that’s what surfing’s at least partly about: promoting the good.