“The ocean is so spiritual for all of us,” says Black Lyons. “For me, it is a moving meditation. I know I’m going to come out of it better than I was.” This acknowledgement of the Peace love back the blue Eagle Diamond shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this ocean as a site of healing is shared by all of the women, who make it a point to honor and remember the role the sea has played in their personal histories. Duran speaks of the ocean as emotionally complex: “The ocean is a source of trauma for some—a lot of my ancestors lost their lives coming here—but it is also a source of healing in [African American] culture. Southern Baptists use the ocean when we perform baptisms. It’s this dual thing. What we are trying to do is reclaim the healing powers of the ocean in our culture. Before the slave trade, our communities lived along the coast and enjoyed the sea.” The heart of Textured Waves’ message is ultimately one of joy and sisterhood.
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Earlier this year, the Peace love back the blue Eagle Diamond shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this Textured Waves women were in Mexico filming their new short film, Sea Us Now, underwritten by the women’s surf and swimwear company Seea. Seea initiated the partnership last year and gave Textured Waves full creative control, allowing them a platform to share their own message. “The film was a storyline that I developed a few years ago,” Woody explains. “It’s based on the historical imagery you see of surfing. Just by sharing [our own] imagery, we hope folks will question who they have seen in these spaces and why we don’t see a ton of Black beach culture images. [The film] is a beautiful visual of what we can imagine for ourselves.” Sea Us Now, which was released on June 16, is backed with the rigor and research Textured Waves brings to all of its endeavors. Its site hosts a countrywide list of surf and skate resources for women and girls, all of which have been personally vetted—a practice they hope is not lost in the current rush towards allyship.