Surfers vs Apartheid

Reigning world champ Tom Carroll boycotted the contests in South Africa. One of his Hawaiian friends had been ordered from a whites-only restaurant in Durban, and another was beaten up as a disco for talking to a white woman. Boycotting, Carroll told the press, was "a basic humanatarian stand."

The ASP world tour visited South Africa every year, so apartheid wasn’t a totally unfamiliar topic to surfers. Almost everyone knew what it meant, even if they didn’t know the numbers: that 30 million blacks in South Africa lived as an economically, socially, and geographically separated underclass to 4 million whites. That said, however, the sport was well and truly caught off guard in 1985 when ...

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