by Inilek Wilmot
Inilek Wilmot (arm outstretched) and his own seafaring Rastafarian family.
Incredible photo courtesy of Steve Gorrow.
Editor’s Note. This is what I hope will be the first of a series of Scuttlefish features from Inilek “Ini” Wilmot and perhaps other members of his Jamaican family. I first met Ini’s father, reggae musician and Jamaican surf guru Billy “Mystic” Wilmot surfing in Kingston way back in the late 1980’s. In the years since, I’ve been lucky to spend plenty of time surfing the phenomenal waves of the island’s eastern shore with Billy and his kids. Though he was just a kid when I first met him, Inilek has gone on to become a musician, dad, Jamaican surf ambassador, scientist and manager of Jamaica’s Oracabessa and Boscobel Marine Sanctuaries. For those of you who’ve never been to Jamaica, Oracabessa is the beautiful seaside community where Ian Fleming’s mind gave birth to James Bond.
Inilek Wilmot. Photo: Ishack Wilmot.
Last week, Inilek spoke before the United Nations Food And Agriculture Organization. Currently, he’s working on coral gardening and turtle conservation projects. He also happens to be a damn good writer who understands his home island in a way few outsiders – or locals for that matter – ever will. Here, he pays homage to a crew of Jamaican freedivers, men for whom fishing, quite literally means life – or death. — CD