Did You Know?…(9) Part 1

    • According to Inertia Surf Editor Tetsuhiko Endo, ‘surfing’ has been known as a predominately “white” sport that lands comfortably somewhere between mountaineering and golf.
    • Nick Gabaldon was the 1st African American Surfer according to The Encyclopedia of Surfing Author Matt Warshaw.
    • Nick Gabaldon was said to have learned to surf at a beach called “The Inkwell” which was located in Santa Monica California during the 1940s. Supposedly, this was an informally segregated beach at the time.
    • Gabaldon paddled on a regular basis, twelve miles North to Malibu’, which was believed to be one of the best waves in California.
    • He practically stood alone in his quest to chase his passion and went to extents that many would never have considered.
    • Nick Gabaldon met his untimely fate on June 5, 1951, as he rode his last wave where he lost control of his surf board.

 

By Sylvia Porter-Hall

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