- WSL / Toby Nicol

Following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, protests in all forms have taken place in reaction. And now, surfers from around the globe are voicing their support in the form of peaceful paddle outs.

For surfers, the paddle out tradition is longstanding and began as a tool for remembrance when someone in the community passed. The act has since evolved to not only be a means of honoring a fallen friend's legacy, but also as a way to collectively raise awareness of social and environmental issues.

Paddle outs for Floyd began in Santa Monica, Santa Cruz and Maui. Now, they've made their way to far corners of the globe including Dakar, Sengal, thanks to organizations such as Black Girls Surf.

Below is a photo series of some of the most recent paddle outs from surf communities around the world, from New York, to Australia, and beyond.

Gippsland, Australia

Gippsland Paddle Out Gippsland, Australia honors the legacy of George Floyd as well as their native Aboriginal people. - WSL / Luke McNee

Ulladulla, Australia

Paddle Out Ulladulla Australia Ulladulla, Australia forms a heart-like circle for equality. - WSL / Solidarity In Surf / Patagonia Australia

Encinitas, California

Sal Masekela Unity Paddle Out June 3, 2020 Sal Masekela rallies a massive paddle out in Encinitas, California. - WSL / Brady Lawrence

Maui, Hawaii

The paddle out Maui gathers in solidarity at Launiupoko Beach Park. - Alexandria Pence

Santa Monica, California

Paddle Out Santa Monica A powerful moment from the first paddle out in Santa Monica. - WSL / John Suhar

Lemoore, California

SR Paddle Out Guests paddle out at the Surf Ranch, 100 miles from the nearest coastal town of San Luis Obispo. - WSL / Blake Hess

Rockaway, New York

Rockaway Paddle Out Support on land and in the water in Rockaway, New York. - WSL / Zak Suhar

Surf Coast, Australia

Surf Coast Paddle Out A Black Lives Matter Flag next to the Aboriginal flag on the Surf Coast in Australia. - WSL / Willem Dirk

Surf Coast, Australia

Surf Coast Paddle Out Surfers enter the water on the Surf Coast in Australia. - WSL / Jarrah Lynch

Ulladulla, Australia

Ulladulla Paddle Out A beautiful sign at the paddle out in Ulladulla, Australia. - WSL / Patagonia Australia

Completed and Upcoming Paddle Outs:

  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Encinitas, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Monterey, CA
  • Manhattan Beach, CA
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Pismo Beach, CA
  • Pacifica, CA
  • Scarborough, ME
  • Carolina Beach, NC
  • Nantucket, MA
  • Rockaway, NY
  • Montauk, NY
  • Maui, HI
  • Oahu, HI


  • Biarritz, France
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Gippsland, Australia
  • Gold Coast, Australia
  • Surf Coast, Australia
  • Ulladulla, Australia
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Whangamatā, New Zealand
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