They gathered at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas Wednesday in a special ceremony typically reserved for the death of a member of the surfing community, the Evening Standard reports.
Surfers spelled out "unity" with their boards after holding a moment of silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time a white police officer in Minneapolis had his knee on Floyd's neck before he died.
"We need to remember who we are, we need to remember, united we stand, divided we fall,” Justin Wilkenfeld, co-founder of Kindhumans, told FOX 5.
Then they paddled out in honor of Floyd.
Danielle Black Lyons, co-founder of another local, Textured Waves, told the local FOX affiliate it combined her two loves.
"My culture and my surf community, bringing those two together and marrying them in a beautiful way in a tribute in the form of a paddle out, there's nothing more sacred than that,” Lyons said.
Local authorities fast-tracked a permit for the peaceful gathering, where social distancing and masks were encouraged, FOX 5 reported.
In other parts of the country, surfers are holding similar demonstrations to the “Paddle Out for Unity in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.”