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Brown Girl Surf

2018 and 2020 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

Surfing in the Time of COVID-19

A $5K grant from The Cairn Project will provide general operating support to Brown Girl Surf as it relaunches its programs with new adaptations in the pandemic. Young women are grouped into pods of 4-6 surfers with 1-2 volunteer mentors per pod, and surf excursions to the beach are being complemented with a range of gatherings close to home: yoga, mindfulness circles, hikes, etc. The core of Brown Girl Surf’s model is intergenerational mentorship, and its 45+ volunteer mentors are committed to continuing their work to connect more young women to the freedom and challenge of surfing – safely and equitably, even in these unprecedented times.

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