A recent “Walk For Peace” rally in Biarritz, France was a rare case of the surfing community showing its solidarity for the people of Ukraine. Can we do more?
The war in Ukraine has of course been dominating world events since Russia invaded the country on February 24. The unprecedented, and demented, aggression by Putin has led to death, incredible suffering, and global upheaval.
The response from the surfing communities around the world has been fairly muted. This too is perhaps understandable. There’s no doubting most if not all, surfers sympathize wholeheartedly with the plight of the Ukrainians. However, before the invasion, most would have had very little knowledge of the area. And while there are both waves and surfers in Ukraine, mainly centered around the port of Odesa, known as “The Pearl of The Black Sea,” it isn’t exactly known as a surfing hotspot.