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Black Surfers Ride at Dockweilers
By Mimi Miller Sentinel Contributing Writer
Published August 8, 2013

SURFS UP: (From Left to Right) Author and avid surfer Mimi Miller, an unidentified surfer and Dedon Kamathi, one of the surf instructors pose before the lessons at Pan African Beach Day at Dockweiler Beach.

Black people do swim and if you don’t believe it, you are just in time to attend the last two ‘Black Surfers Collective Pan African Beach Days’ that will be held on the first Sunday of the month in September and October at Dockweilers State Beach.

What you did miss this first Sunday in August was a fun-filled family oriented day to raise cultural awareness and promote diversity to the sport of surfing through community activities, outreach and camaraderie which included surf lessons and the coolest people in Southern California, who wanted to share their love and spiritual connection to the ocean.

Surf Lessons began at 9am until 1pm by Professional African American surf instructors who taught women, men and children of all ages.  There was healthy food, drinks and good vibes that were passed around the beach.  This is truly a great way to start the beginning of a new week. 

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