Black Lives Matter: surfers take to the water to share peaceful anti-racism message in Porthleven

Credit: Cornwall Live

Surfers from Cornwall shared a peaceful anti-racism message by taking to the water to stage a mass Black Lives Matter paddleout in Porthleven.

Joining the surfers on Sunday 14 June were bodyboarders, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders all from Porthleven and the surrounding areas.

Many had anti-racism messages written over their boards as they carried out the stunt while abiding by social distancing guidelines.

The waveriders held a two minutes silence followed by cheering. Credit: Cornwall Live

The waveriders took part in a socially distanced paddleout at Porthleven's outer harbour, all organised by local surfer Jay Rowe.

The community formed a large circle in the water and held a two minutes silence.

This was followed by howling and splashing in the water whilst cheering onlookers and supports watched and showed support from the harbour.

Onlookers cheered from the harbour as they watched the demonstration. Credit: Cornwall Live

The demonstration was a talking point in the village, and organisers were keen to point out that the paddleout was not organised to make a political point.

They said they solely wanted to show support for those suffering from discrimination in the wake of the global response to the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of an American Police Officer.