Free Activities, Surf Lessons Saturday In Santa Monica In Honor Of Nick Gabaldón

Friday, 31 May 2013, 8:41:00 AM

Mitch James

A free day of activities will be held Saturday in Santa Monica to commemorate the life of Nick Gabaldón.
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A free day of activities will be held Saturday in Santa Monica to commemorate the life of Nick Gabaldón.

A free day of activities and free surf lessons for all

ages will be held this Saturday in Santa Monica to commemorate the life of Nick

Gabaldón (1927 - 1951).

Gabaldón was the first documented surfer of

African-American and Mexican descent, and surfed at historically African

American beach site, formerly referred to as the “Ink Well.”

Gabaldón’s legacy has inspired many surfers of color and

otherwise to consider him as a role model.

Heal The Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, the Black

Surfers Collective, and other groups will host various activities throughout

the day.

At 9 am, there will be a welcoming ceremony and Memorial

Paddle Out in honor of Gabaldón at Bay Street/Ocean Front Walk.

From 10 am to 1 pm there will be free surf sessions

provided by Black Surfers Collective and the Surf Bus Foundation (surf lessons

must be reserved in advance, see link below).

At 12:30 pm, a beach reception will be held with L.A.

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

At 1 pm the celebration moves to Heal the Bay’s Aquarium

at the Santa Monica Pier where admission will be offered for free. Activities

at the aquarium include a documentary screening of “12 Miles North” about

Gabaldón’s life (1:45 pm and 4:15 pm), a children’s story time with special

guest reader (2:30 pm), and screening of the documentary “White Wash” that

explores the complexity of race in America through the eyes of the ocean (2:45

pm).

Rusty’s Surf Ranch in Santa Monica will provide a 10

percent discount on food and beverage for the day to anyone who mentions Nick

Gabaldon Day, the Black Surfers Collective, or Heal the Bay from opening (11

am) to sundown.

For information, visit healthebay.org/event/nick-gabaldon-day and blacksurferscollective.org/BSC/nickgabladon.

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