Corley has been surfing for well over 30 years. He started surfing
in a time when, not only was it rare to see Black Surfers, but
it was rare to see surfers period! This is another reminder for
us of how young surfing is in America. When we met up with Tony
Saturday evening; he shared stories from decades of photos chronicling
his Black Surfing experience. Tony's passion for surfing was quite
clear as we combed through hundreds of old surf photos, articles,
and other memorabilia. It was like walking through a collage of
Black surfing history.
is also passionate about the relationships he's formed through
surfing. As the founding father of the Black
Surfing Association, Tony seems to be a surrogate father to
many of us searching for other Surfer's like us, who desire to
share that common bond, and acknowledge what makes us unique within
our own cultural uniqueness.
also shared many stories about "the good old days" with
good friend Jim Norman. These guys grew up a part of a generation
that had different challenges than today. The stoke that surfing
has brought them (and brings us) has transcended decades of challenges
and years of change. Thanks to both of them for being there first
and laying the ground work that is yet to be finished.
Thanks to Rose for blessing us with a Sunday morning meal. They
were the most gracious of hosts to us.