Ghana surfing on tourism success
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.