According to stereotypes, you'd sooner find the Beach Boys' Surfin Safari LP than a weathered surfboard in a black man's cabana. Then there's Rusty White, a Marley-loving dude who didn't get the memo. White is riding his way through the surfing world's prestigious World Qualifying Series.
Others in the seriesâ€”like big kahunas Ben Bourgeois and Damien Hobgoodâ€”probably wish his passion for the sport would wipe out, as White is scheduled to compete in the WQS's all-important No Fear Surf Fiesta this October in Mexico for $25,000 in prizes. "I'd love to make a real living off of this,â€ says Rusty, whose chief supporters are the Black Surfing Association and clothier LRG. "I have a couple of small sponsors that help me out here and there, but I haven't found that big contract yet.â€
Continue reading this story in the July/August 2006 issue of KING (#32).