Santa Monica’s Memorial Paddle Out for George Floyd

Memorial Paddle Out for George Floyd June 2020. All photos by Brian Michaels.

Last Friday, more than 200 surfers from the Los Angeles area joined others around the world as they took part in a hallowed surfing ritual with its roots in Hawaii. Participants circled their surfboards and held hands alongside the Santa Monica Pier at the memorial paddle out as they repeated George Floyd’s name nine times, once for every minute he was held down beneath the knee of a Minnesota police officer.

Brian Michaels

About Brian Michaels

Brian Michaels is grew up in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles in the glory days of the late 1960s and 70s. Only a stone's throw from the Sunset Strip, Michaels had an early education in rock music. Michaels attended his first punk rock show at the age of 14 at the Whiskey a Go Go and has been going strong ever since. Brian is a defense attorney by profession but adds photography and writing to a list of his many passions outside of the his job. Brian can be found on the web at
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