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.
Interim Executive Director, Brown Girl Surf
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.