Surfer will be a rare and unique look in to the culture of
surfing. In a sport and lifestyle that is known for igniting
passion in those who heed the call, diversity in today's surf
culture is taking shape in eclectic ways - in gender and ethnicities.
a starting point in the winter swells of Northern California,
Darrick Clayton and Kevin Cooke set off on a journey to discover
an enigma of the surfing culture that has quietly been around
for decades. In a sport not typically known for the participation
of African Americans, they discover a world of surfers who
have lived the culture for over 30 years. This documentary
will reveal a rare and unique perspective of the world of
Surfer is a documentary about the surfing culture told from
a rare perspective. It is an independently produced and funded
project (although we are more than happy to receive donations
& sponsorship!). The goal is to share a story about a part
of surfing that is not commonly seen or heard.
documentary will also take a historical look at surf legends
who answered the call in a time and place set apart from today's
world, but not that distant in the past. These legends shared
the same passion for the culture that so many surfers of all
ethnicities share today. These legends established themselves
in the youth of surf culture during a time of racial hostilities
and before surfing's popularity emerged in the late 1950's;
the post-Gidget era.
will be an educational experience for the storytellers, the
surf culture, as well as for the black global community. The
aim is to tell a story that will captivate a variety of audiences.
The term "Black Surfer" was chosen to capture the
universal reflection of a quiet global culture. Surf culture
spans many generations, many ethnicities, and many continents.
Discoveries throughout this journey will be of African descent,
Jamaican descent, and American heritage. To use any other term
sensitive to political correctness could not accurately encompass
the depth of this story.
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