“Race & Surfing”, narrated by Selema Masekela, re-examines the origins of surfing
There are many stories in surfing. Some have been told to satiety. Some said nothing at all. And somewhere in the middle are the stories that have been told – but haven’t been told enough. That’s why Red Bull Media House has produced a five-part series called In full view.
The first and perhaps the most important of the series was released recently under the title Running & Surfing. It explores the history of the origins of surfing and how it evolved into what it is today. Selema Masekela narrates the illustrated short as it traces the course of surfing from Ghana in the 1600s to Captain Cook’s logbook entry in 1779, to Southern California in the 1970s.
“Twenty or 30 natives each taking a long, narrow board, rounded at the ends, starting together from the shore,” Cook wrote in one of the earliest written descriptions of the surf; and Selema’s distinctive voice recites. “The coast being guarded by a chain of rocks, they are obliged to block their board or leave it before reaching the rocks.”