Our hearts are heavy today. We’ve lost one of our own. Brother Dedon Kamathi, a diehard surfer and true revolutionary, transitioned on Tuesday, August 25th after a stroke. He was a charter member and instrumental in the development of the Black Surfers Collective, the host of KPFK’s “Freedom Now” radio show, and a past president of the Black Surfers Association.
Dedon traveled extensively. He was the real deal, going to places like Africa, Cuba, countries in the Middle East. We could count on him to tell us what was really going on in the places he visited. If you wanted to know the truth about a situation in the world, you’d talk to Dedon.
If you lived anywhere near Dedon, you would always spot him when he drove by. For years, he kept his rasta-themed surfboard strapped on top of his car . . . even on the days when he wasn’t surfing. He was making a point. “Black folks surf. I’m proof of that!” Although he surfed all over Los Angeles, his regular spot was El Porto. It wasn’t uncommon to see him and his long dreads flying down a wave.
We will miss Dedon in ways we can’t articulate. The BSC will celebrate him with a paddleout that we hope many, if not all, of you can attend. Let’s send Brother Dedon off in style.
Please come out and join us as we remember Dedon Kamathi. A surfer, a teacher, a leader, and friend to us all. Come to remember and let us never forget…
You may park in South lot 4 or in long term parking entrance at 2030 Ocean Ave. at Bicknell Ave.