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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


White Wash, the documentary, is a film exploring the complexity of race in America through the eyes of the ocean. Examining the history of “black consciousness” as it triumphs and evolves into the minds of black surfers, we learn the power of transcending race as a constructive phenomenon. The story is narrated by the legendary, Grammy Award winner Ben Harper (Fistful of Mercy, Relentless 7, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) along with Tariq “Blackthought” Trotter of the Grammy Award winning hip hop group, The Roots whom also originally scored the film.

Ben Harper, Narrator
Tariq “Blackthought” Trotter, Co-Narrator
Sal Masekela, Television Host, Sports Commentator, Actor, and Singer
Kelly Slater, 9 time ASP World Champion Surfer
Rob Machado, Triple Crown of Surfing winner
Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Legendary Professional Surfer
James Meredith, Integrated the University of Mississippi
Sam George, Riding Giants
Billy “Mystic” Wilmot, Jamaican Surf Team

Ted Woods Director, Producer
Airrion Copeland Producer
Dan Munger Producer
Mike Salisbury Art Direction

Original Music Score by The Roots

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Tags: Airrion Copeland, Ben Harper, Billy 'Mystic' Wilmot, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Dan Munger, James Meredith, Kelly Slater, Mike Salisbury, Rick Blocker, Rob Machado, More…Sal Masekela, Sam George, Tariq 'Blackthought' Trotter, Ted Woods, The Roots, White Wash, surfing


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Comment by Jayson Jackson on January 10, 2012 at 2:03pm

Everyone needs to watch this film. I had the privilege of viewing it last evening and it is very powerful. You can stream it from Netflix. Thanks for letting me know that was possible Rick.

Comment by Faheemah on September 16, 2011 at 3:41pm
This is great! Thanks for sharing :) I hadn't ever thought about surfing when it comes to diversity in aquatics (perhaps my regional bias!)...I'm looking forward to seeing the film.
Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on September 12, 2011 at 3:08pm
Priceless! I plan to watch the movie. The comments made by the surfing Brothers reminds me of me when I started scuba diving in New England in the mid-70's.
Comment by DAP News on September 9, 2011 at 2:12pm
Big Thanks to DAP Member Rick Blocker for passing this along to us.
Comment by Jayson Jackson on September 9, 2011 at 2:07pm
Great stuff. Thanks for sharing this Rick!

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