The California Surf Collective “Black Sand” Fighting For Justice On The Water

Brick, Gage and Tre’lan met through their mutual love of surfing. Now they’re determined to change the status quo of LA’s white-washed surf culture.

In Los Angeles’ South Bay, the affluent community of Manhattan Beach rests on four square miles of idyllic coastline that looks straight out of a TV title sequence.

Streets lined with surf shops, restaurants, and the omnipresent Starbucks lead centerfold to panoramic ocean views where surfers and their technicolor boards can be seen dotting the horizon. Known as El Porto, it’s LA’s most reliable surf spot — whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro.

But synonymous with the beach’s inviting waves is its hostile reputation towards newcomers who don’t exactly look the part.

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