On Saturday, June 14, Heal the Bay commemorates the legacy of Nick Gabaldón, L.A.’s first early surfer of color, with a day full of family-friendly activities at Santa Monica’s historic Bay Street beach. Free surf lessons begin at 10 a.m. (registration required), followed by naturalist tours, raffles and a documentary film screening about the life of Nick Gabaldón. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will be open free of charge from 12:30 – 5 p.m.

Surf lessons and ocean activities will run from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the beach at Bay Street and Ocean Front Walk. Educational activities will run from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk.

Nick Gabaldón Day partners include Black Surfers Collective, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky, the Santa Monica Conservancy, Surf Bus Foundation, California Historical Society, Sierra Club Outdoors, Rusty’s on the Pier. Local youth organizations from underserved inland communities will bring dozens of kids to the beach for surf lessons and ocean play.

Visit www.healthebay.org or call (310) 451-1500 to register or for more information.

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