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The Inertia

Imani Wilmot is a Jamaican surfer with a heart the size of an island floating in the Caribbean Sea.

A member of the Wilmot clan, the so-called “first family of surfing” in Jamaica, Imani’s father Billy “Mystic” Wilmot instilled in her at a young age the transformative power of surfing.

“[My dad] would say surfing is one of the most positive sports because it takes your eyes from all of the negativity and the corruption that’s in society and it turns you to the horizon,” Imani explains. “You’re looking at endless possibilities for yourself because you’re just staring off into the horizon.”


Over the years, that idea has stuck with Imani to the point that now, as an adult, she’s an ambassador of sorts. Introducing women from rough circumstances around her home town of Kingston to the ocean that laps the shores of Jamaica’s beaches, surfboards in tow.

“Surfing is like a therapy to them,” she explains of the women that comprise Surf Girls Jamaica, the all-girls surf club Wilmot created. “It’s just a chain reaction that it creates. You end up seeing other people who need a person, and you, in turn, become that person for somebody else.”

The short doc above by Real Stories is a touching glimpse into the lives of women in Jamaica finding sanctuary and a new lease on life in the surf.



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