"The sea vindictive, with waves so high,
Retro cats and surf fans will be enriched by reading about the short but inspiring life of Nick Gabaldon. Many of us who read about segregation mistakenly think it was enforced only in the deep South but it reigned over most of the United States at one point with even parts of sunny Southern California enforcing defacto apartheid at it's worst. Nick Gabaldon is more than a surfer who's life was cut short, he is a touchstone for future generations of all races of urban surfers.
City Commemorates Ink Well Beach, First Black Surfer
|The City Council directed staff last year to research options for creating a plaque in honor of Ink Well Beach and surfer Nicolas “Nick” Rolando Gabaldon, who is historically considered to be the first African-American surfer.|
Rhonda Harper, an African-American female surfer, asked the City to install the plaque because many African-Americans and other minorities still frequent the former Ink Well Beach site between Bay and Bicknell streets south of Santa Monica Pier.
A Place of Celebration and Pain
Robust, powerful, can I be wrong?
Pounding, beating upon its cousin shore,
Comes it clapping, rapping with a mighty roar.
For me to battle and still they die.
Many has it taken to its bowels below,
Without regards it thus does bestow,
Its laurels to unwary men.
Its wet song reaches to the sky,
To claim its fallen manmade birds,
And plunge them into depths below,
With a nauseous surge.
To the salt of animosity,
And many more will victims be,
Of the capricious, vindictive sea.
Robust, powerful, I’m not wrong.
Pounding, beating upon your cousin shore,
Come you clapping, rapping with a mighty roar.