Ghana surf­ing on tourism suc­cess

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

KOKROBITE, Ghana — Brett Davies paced up and down the slop­ing sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, or­ga­niz­ing surfers from 20 coun­tries at his an­nual in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Along the beach, about 30 kilo­me­ters west of cap­i­tal Ac­cra, dot­ted with dugout fish­ing boats, ven­dors were sell­ing T-shirts as chil­dren played in the sand.

Davies, 42, is lead­ing the push to bring surfers to the West African na­tion as a way to help boost the coun­try’s un­der­de­vel­oped tourism sec­tor.

The Bri­ton al­ready runs a surf school at Kokrobite and has helped to bring surf­ing to Busua, near the bor­der with Cote d’Ivoire.

“The great­est thing about surf­ing in Ghana is that we have un­crowded world­class waves that ap­peal to the beginner and in­ter­me­di­ate mar­ket,” he said.

“Most well-known des­ti­na­tions are very lo­cal­ized and very in­tim­i­dat­ing to the av­er­age surfer.”

At the com­pe­ti­tion, which was held last month, lo­cal reg­gae boomed from the speak­ers stacked in the cor­ner of a car-park.


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