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Hello, my name is Louis Harris, the founder of the East Coast chapter of the Black Surfing Association in Rockaway, Queens, New York.

 We are a non-profit organization that provides free surf and skate lessons to children in our community. Providing free surfboards, wet suits, skateboards, and other water and skate safety gear. Our community efforts go far beyond teaching surf and skate lessons.

 We take our children on trips to veterinary hospitals and other community essential businesses, giving the kids not only the fun and exciting experience of seeing up close what it is they do as a career. It allows the children to connect with the community on a more significant level, being inspired by other community leaders who are positive role models in our very own community.

Encouraging the children to ask questions and explore what they may want to be when they grow up.

 We also offer free art classes, instructed by Evan Mazellan, who loves teaching the kids and having some much needed creative fun.

Rock Away Art Alliance generously provides us with all of the art supplies needed for our classes!

 Many events are held throughout the year for our kids, and your continued support allows us to not only provided these things for our kids. It gives the children an extended family and the promise of a better future.

 We are investing not only in our community but in the future of the children in our community, who will then pass on what we have taught them for generations to come.

 Your continued support, through time, volunteer work and donations of any kind is the life line of our organization. This would not be possible without you!

 Much appreciation and love from the Black Surfing Associate East Coast Family


Our Mission

Our mission is to empower the youth of the Rockaway community with free surf, free skateboarding, free cooking classes and art classes and other community events. our mission is clear to keep kids active and out of trouble.

Recent Events

Black Surfing Rockway paddle out

July 25th

Our next paddle out supporting the Black Lives Matter movement will be Saturday July 25th. We will paddle from beach 101st to beach 109st, B blocks in honor of #georgefloyd for the 8 minutes he could not breathe! Bring your VOICE! Let’s be Heard! Black Voices Matter! No Justice, No Peace!

 If you do not have a board one will be provided, if you have an extra please bring them, if you’ve never surfed…. No worries, we got you and someone will guide you in the water if you’d like or just come and support on the beach! Your presence, your voice and your love is all we need!








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Surfers show support of Black Lives Matter at Hermosa Beach paddleout

Surfers show support of Black Lives Matter at Hermosa Beach paddleout

by Kevin Cody South-side Hermosa pier surfer Saul Larin was the only black among the estimated 200 surfers who participated in the Black Lives Paddleout in Hermosa Beach Friday afternoon. Fellow Hermosa surfer Matt McMahon observed a similar predominance of whites...

Nova Scotia surfers hold peaceful paddle to support Black Lives Matter

Nova Scotia surfers hold peaceful paddle to support Black Lives Matter

A crowd of surfers took to the water at Martinique Beach on Monday in support of the Black Lives Matter cause. About 60 people took to the water with their boards, prepared for temperatures of about 4 C with warm wet suits. The outing was organized by the Surfing...

Back On the Beach With BSA

Back On the Beach With BSA

The Black Surfers Association held their first-ever art class on Beach 106th Street on July 8th. The weather was bright and sunny as kids and parents gathered on the sand to create their own art pieces.  The day, said BSA Marketing and Event Planner Tina Schlissel,...

BSA Gives Free Surfing Lessons

BSA Gives Free Surfing Lessons

“On Sunday, we also hosted our free adult surf lessons,” said BSA East Coast founder Lou Harris.  “The parents [now] have a new found respect for the kids after trying it themselves.” Harris had help this weekend, as Jamaican pro surfer Icah Wilmot and his wife...

How New York Surfers Memorialized George Floyd

How New York Surfers Memorialized George Floyd

On Saturday, at Rockaway Beach in New York City, the Black Surfing Association (East Coast) held a paddle out to honor George Floyd, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and protests across the country. The paddle out is an established surfing tradition...

RollingStone: Black Surfing Association’s Rockaway Paddle Out

RollingStone: Black Surfing Association’s Rockaway Paddle Out

THANK YOU RollingStone for love and support!!! Lou Harris of Black Surfing Association June 22, 2020, 12:03pm “Today is about police injustice and [bringing] awareness to it,” explains Lou Harris, the founder of the East Coast Chapter of the Black Surfing Association....

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