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Blue Dot At The Beach: The Cultural And Environmental Impacts Of Surfing Part 2


In the conclusion of our two-part series on surfing as a mirror of bigger issues like environmental stress as well as racism and sexism, Dave talks to two surfers with very different backgrounds but a mutual love of the world in the curl.


Airrion Copeland didn't know how to surf when he was given lessons by a filmmaker who went on to enlist Copeland to produce the documentary White Wash about the history of black surfers. Now Copeland is the Executive Director of 5gyres, an organization dedicated to fighting oceanic plastic pollution and making the waves a more inclusive place for all. 

Pioneering Women's Pro surfer Jericho Poppler. (Surfing Walk of Fame photo by Dan Merkel)

Then Dave talks to a true pioneer in the history of surfing, Jericho Poppler. One of the founders of women's professional surfing, Poppler combined her love of dance and the arts with her passion for ocean waves and became one of the most stylish pro surfers ever. 


One of the dominant champions of the 1970s, Poppler is an inductee in the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach and a passionate voice for both surfing and the oceanic environment.


Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.