Los Angeles, CA – There was only one flawlessly dressed surfer on the ASP World Tour CT, Luke Stedman. He was definitely the most fashion-forward. After leaving the tour, Luke and his partner Damian Farenfort formed the Smile High Club.
Luke, offered his services to spend the day with the ladies from Black Girls Surf. It was a day of fun, friendship and of course, surfing. The Waterfront Cafe, in Venice, donated the space for gathering after the surf session.
The footage was made by the SHC staff to be analyzed by professional surfers in real-time. Participants were treated to food and beverages as well.
As we begin a new chapter in the movement for representation in the surf industry, Hollywood and fashion companies have begun to recognize Black Girls Surf as the go to for casting.
Black Girls Surf has assisted casting directors in hiring stunt women, models and actresses all over the globe.
If you are interested in TV, film or print, please send your headshot, two action photos and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is our first post about our 365 days as the oddest twosome in history. Khadijah “Khadjou” Sambe is from a well-known fishing village in N’Gor, Dakar, Senegal. Me? I’m Rhonda Harper from San Jose, CA via Kansas City, KS.
Our story begins on the shores of Bureh Beach, Sierra Leone. The story starts with Kadiatu Kamara, a 15-year-old girl from Bureh Town. You see, KK, as she is now known, is the only female surfer in Sierra Leone. She is the sole reason for this beautiful journey.
In 2012, Africa Surf International, a contest series, set out to change the course of the surf industry. The ASI was created to highlight the surfers of African descent. Counter moves to the mainstream surf industry which is predominately white male-centered.
Bureh Beach, located in Bureh Town was the chosen location. We immediately contacted the surf club which was in its beginning stages. This where we find KK. We realized that KK was the only girl surfing in all of Sierra Leone. There was no way that a predominately, women staffed company was going to bench KK in this historic event and we immediately begin the search in other African countries
A surf camp’s Facebook page, also located in Dakar posted multiple pictures of a young African woman surfing. We quickly inquired about her and contacted Khadjou that day. One major problem I noticed immediately: we were typing in two different languages. I immediately googled “translator”. Everything changes on this day. Everything.
If you can’t see it, you can’t be lit.
Welcome to Black Girls Surf.
Black Girls Surf supports girls/women whose career goals are competing in the professional surfing. Through, the fundraising efforts we have been able to send athletes to compete and train with professionals to ensure that they are prepared. Under BGS, participants will have an opportunity to train with world-class surfing professionals.
Black Girls Surf is the brain-child of USCG veteran, Rhonda Harper, who noticed the lack of visibility within professional surfing. As a longtime surfer with aspirations of becoming a professional surfer herself, she understood the need for coaches, mentors and trainers of color. In short, she wanted to become the mentor she needed for surfers around the world.
What seemed impossible in the 1980’s is a reality today.