Catching Waves with Lou Harris and the Black Surfing Association

July 3, 2022

Feeling the freedom of riding waves!

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to Lou Harris, the founder and director of the East Coast Chapter of the Black Surfing Association. Based out of the Rockaways in New York City, Harris and BSA offer boards and surfing lessons free of charge. With a compelling social media presence and strong community support, Harris has organized paddle-outs that can bring as many as 500 surfers to the beach to support reforms in police violence and gun control, and has earned the endorsement of major surf brands that donate gear and clothing to the cause. Don't miss this great July 4th show, only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.