The North Preston Surf Program
The Surfing Association of NS (SANS) and Blxckhouse in North Preston are working together to create a surf program for a group of 30 youth of African Descent in Nova Scotia. Set to being in May of 2019, the program will include 6 swimming lessons and assessments, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society (NSLS), followed by 7 surf lessons at Lawrencetown Beach. Funding will go towards transportation, lessons, and gear for the participants. The goal of this program is to increase diversity in the sport of surfing as well as participation in surfing by people of African descent. Nova Scotia has the largest and oldest indigenous African Nova Scotian community in Canada within close proximity to the birth place of Canadian surfing, Lawrencetown Beach, and yet very few people of African descent in Nova Scotia surf. We believe there are far-reaching historical and social reasons for this, and we want to remove the barriers to this experience for the community of North Preston. The ocean and surfing carries with it a personal and spiritual connection for each person who experiences it. Established in 1987, SANS is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to: building an inclusive, fun and respectful surf community; supporting recreational and amateur surfing; and promoting a sustainable surf culture. For more info go to surfns.com .