Nick Gabaldon was a pioneer in American surf history as the first African American to challenge the California waves and bitter societal segregation of the early 1950s. His determination to challenge those boundaries and pursue the sport he’d quickly grown to love drove him to paddle 12 miles north, along the coast to Malibu to surf. It was ultimately the place of his tragic and unexpected passing, but it was in his passion and pursuit of a dream that forever cemented his legacy in surfing lore. Nike Surfing will celebrate Nick’s memory by telling his story, in 12 Miles North – The Nick Gabaldon Story. The full-length documentary will be available to download here on February 16 at 3 p.m. PST.