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OBSA surf retreat

September 15, 2013

The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) and the Outdoor Education Center (OEC) hosted a screening of the documentary film, “White Wash” at Rose Theater Friday, September 13. Before a spirited question and answer session following the film screening, Black Surfers Collective (BSC) members Dedon Kamathi and Andrea Kabwasa joined Filmmaker Ted Woods, and Historian and Pomona College Alumnae Alison Rose Jefferson at dinner with students.

Moving on to Santa Monica beach on Sunday, September 15, surf lessons were led by BSC’s William Lamar and Surf Bus Academy’s (SBA) Moshir Safavi. Los Angeles County Lifeguard, Captain Remy Smith, Harden Carter and David Iniquez, all BSC members, joined other SBA team members to round out the instructor list.

Over 15 OBSA student members caught their first wave. There were the typical wipe-outs with quite a few long rides too! The sun was shining, the waves were perfect. Good times and great company.

The students listened with great interest as Historian/Pomona College Alumnae Alison Rose Jefferson gave a talk about the Jim Crow era, historical African American beach site, its landmark at Bay Street and the timeline of black surf culture over the last 60 years. The students as well as passersby on the beach peered intently at the banner exhibit of text and historical photographs set up by Alison under the BSC pop tent on the beach near Lifeguard Tower 20.

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