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DOCUMENTARIES AND FILMS

JUNE 28, 2022
THE GRIO DOCUMENTARY

The Great Outdoors, sponsored by Chevrolet, is a series showcasing Black organizations that are on passionate missions to change the narrative of Black and Brown people in the outdoor space. In this episode, theGrio ventures out to Privates Beach, CA for some community bonding and surfing with the Black Surf Club.

 

Join us as we hang out in Santa Cruz with Black Surf Club founder Bella Bonner, whose goal is to tear down barriers that often keep our oceans segregated and create a community of healing for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the Santa Cruz community. 

MAY 18, 2022
WADE IN THE WATER:
A JOURNEY INTO BLACK SURFING AND AQUATIC CULTURE

Wade in the Water: The Documentary (2022) examines the often overlooked history of Africa's 1,000-year-old surf tradition spanning from Senegal to Angola. Piloted by historical experts and community leaders in the BIPOC surfing movement, this cinematic film traverses historical footage and recreations, photography, original illustrations, live-action footage, and interviews.

DECEMBER 24, 2020
BLACK HEALTH MATTERS INITIATIVE SPOTLIGHT

Our partnership with County Park Friends has been essential in launching the Initiative. What better way to elevate the health of the Black community in Santa Cruz than providing safe, accessible, and inviting opportunities for them to enjoy our incredible outdoor spaces during a time when we need it most?

We can’t wait to share with you more information on our other partners and advisors, and our growing team of brilliant visionaries and leaders. Including the United Way Santa Cruz County, NAACP Santa Cruz, Blended Bridges, and the Santa Cruz Black Coalition of Justice and Racial Equity.

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RADIO AND PODCASTS

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3/25/2022

Midlife surf thoughts with drive and hold. Surf talk podcast. Running personal diary of surf experiences, insecurities, and triumphs. Occasional guests.

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7/30/2021

On Friday July 30th, 2021 host Thairie Ritchie welcomed Bella Bonner (founder of Black Surf Santa Cruz and Member of Blended Bridge).

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11/20/2020

On Unheard Voices Friday November 20, 2020, host Chery Williams welcomed Rhonda Harper of BlackGirls Surf; Isaias Gebre, founder of Indigenous Surf Club; and Bella Bonner, of Black Surf SantaCruz. They discussed the origins of these organizations, and how Blackbodies have taken their place in the water and in the sport of surfing.Hear how they've broken the "Beach Boys" stereotype.

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