How do you find life purpose? How do you challenge self-limiting beliefs about identity and potential? Before you can answer these questions, you must first find your tribe.
Our instrument for this inward voyage is the voice and prophet of all things action sports, Selema Masekela.
For the uninitiated, Selema cannot be defined as any one thing. He’s a badass surfer, snowboarder and skater. He’s a beloved television commentator and journalist, best known as the face and voice of ESPN’s X-Games, a show he hosted for thirteen years. He’s a filmmaker and Emmy-nominated producer who has collaborated with many a media outlet, including E!, NBC, ABC, NatGeo, RedBull Media and VICE. And he’s a social activist, passionate philanthropist and accomplished musician.
But more than anything, Selema is a truly gifted storyteller. An extraordinary human with a truly unique and compelling backstory. And a relentlessly curious narrator of the human experience.
Today we break bread. And let’s just say you’re in for a ride.
“Equality isn’t a box you can check. You have to actively live a life that is antiracist.”
– SELEMA MASEKELA
This conversation recounts an extraordinary life well-lived.
It’s about the confluence and influence of music, art, water, creativity, and storytelling.
It’s about race and athletics. The progress many industries need to make to truly be accessible and equal to all. And how sport holds the power to break outdated paradigms.
It’s also about giving voice to passion. Amplifying narratives less well told. And a love affair that spans a diversity of interests—from late night Birdland jazz session to dawn patrol barrels.
But more than anything, this exchange is about carving out a life that aligns with your passion. It’s about community and the experiences shape who we become. And it’s about connection and the things that make us uniquely human.
Warning: Selema’s story is one for the ages.
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- Connect with Sal: Website | Instagram | Twitter
- STOKED: What We Do
- Apple Podcasts: What Shapes Us Podcast
- Outside Magazine: The Unlikely Preacher of Action Sports
- Red Bull: From paddle outs to a platform for a change
- Snowboarder: One of snowboarding’s most vital voices shares his unique and compelling story.
- Surfer: Sal Masekela Archive
- Alekesam: Music (including interstitial music for this episode).
- Stab Magazine: Sal Masekela’s Speech On Racism And Surfing Will Give You Chills
- World Surf League: Watch Sal Masekela’s Moving Address At The ‘Unity’ Paddle Out
- YouTube: RACISM & SURFING with Selema Masekela
- Surfer: Sal Masekela on Racial Justice at the Encinitas Paddle Out
- ItsNiceThat: Afrosurf, a book founded by Selema Masekela, tells the untold stories of surfing culture in Africa
- Afrosurf: Preorder
- Teton: Journey>reward: who is selema masekela?
- WWD: Dockers Taps Selema Masekela and Ryan Harris, Advocates for Racial Equality and Sustainability in the Surfing Industry
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