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12 Miles North: The Nick Gabaldon Story

The sea would ultimately claim Nick Gabaldon, but not before his dedication to surfing made him a role model whose legacy lives on. In an era still defined largely by Jim Crow laws, Gabaldon became California's first surfer of African-American and Latino descent when he learned to surf at "The Inkwell," an "informally" segregated beach in Santa Monica. Passion thus fueled, Gabaldon would regularly paddle 12 miles north to Malibu, where he held his own and then some with the top surfers of the day. Yes, 12 miles.

Director Richard Yelland tells Gabaldon's story in his aptly titled film, 12 Miles North: The Nick Gabaldon Story.

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