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Brown Girl Surf

Grant Recipient of $5,000

About Brown Girl Surf

Brown Girl Surf works to build a more diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of women of color surfers, and taking care of the Earth. Girls of color face many barriers to accessing the ocean. Brown Girl Surf works to overcome logistical, financial, and cultural obstacles to surfing access for young women of color living in the Bay Area.

“All of us have negative experiences from being the only female or person of color in the lineup. Brown Girl Surf reaffirms that we belong in the ocean just as much as anyone else.”

Maya Yamato

Interim Executive Director, Brown Girl Surf

Gear and Program Support in 2018

A 2018 grant to Brown Girl Surf will support strategic needs for its youth surfing program, including wetsuit and other gear purchases (nearly all donated wetsuits are Men’s size L, reflecting the dominant population of surfers) and transportation support that connects East Bay participants to the beaches of Half Moon Bay (80 miles round trip). Funding will also support Brown Girl Surf’s Rising Leaders Program, an intergenerational leadership program that matches girls age 14-18 with an adult mentor. More than 65% of Brown Girl Surf’s youth participants come from low-income families.

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