Soundings: Season 4 Episode 3

Selema Masekela

On the democratization of what it means to be a surfer, combating “surf-bro” purism through commentating, his father, music, racism, self-discovery, and surfing’s future.

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When Selema Masekela, storyteller and son of South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, moved to Carlsbad in high school, surfing became his doctrine. He spent years working odd-jobs until he found his calling as a commentator and storyteller, using his voice to broaden the scope of representation in sports on an international scale. In this episode, Masekela talks with Jamie Brisick about the crossover between surf, skate, and snowboard culture, recounting his exploration of Africa’s rich surfing history in his book AFROSURF, finding common ground through music and surfing alike, visiting South Africa after Mandela’s release in 1990, fitness, and his father’s legacy.

Produced by Jonathan Shifflett.
Music by Farmer Dave & the Wizards of the West.

Feature image by Grant Ellis.