'Swastika boards' and 'surf Nazis': New documentary explores surfing's history of antisemitism


Josh Greene directed "Waves Apart," a documentary about the antisemitic history of surfing.

(JTA) - When he was 13 years old, Josh Greene moved with his family to San Clemente, California, a city known as one of the best spots for surfing on the West Coast. Greene quickly fell in love with the sport, even holding his bar mitzvah party at a local museum dedicated to it.

As a "skinny, very unathletic" teen, Greene said he endured a significant amount of bullying, including some that "extended itself into antisemitism." Students at his school would compare his physique to that of a Holocaust survivor.

Surfing provided refuge.

"Surfing was my way to really carve my own niche and find the...

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