“It is sim­ply the best thing in my life. I love ev­ery­thing about surf­ing and I think about waves all the time”.

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best thing in my life. I love ev­ery­thing about surf­ing and I think about waves all the time.” Since she and her cousin were the only girls do­ing the wa­ter sport, their par­ents were a bit sus­pi­cious, and peo­ple around the vil­lage frowned upon their new hobby, be­liev­ing that girls shouldn’t do such an ex­treme ac­tiv­ity. Their fam­i­lies asked them to stop surf­ing, so af­ter a big ar­gu­ment they gave up.

Khad­jou was numbed with grief. For two years she yearned for the waves and stared at the ocean ev­ery day, al­most los­ing hope that she would ever step on a board again. But then some­thing un­ex­pected hap­pened. She met Marta, an Ital­ian woman who needed a surf in­struc­tor for a surf school that she ran with her Senegalese hus­band Aziz, at Yoff Beach in Dakar. Khad­jou’s fam­ily ap­proved her wish to start work­ing as a surf in­struc­tor, since she would start to make a liv­ing and her new boss was also a woman. She couldn’t have been hap­pier to re­turn in the wa­ter. Un­for­tu­nately As­tou wasn’t so lucky, she never re­turned to surf­ing af­ter the con­flict with the fam­ily.

Now af­ter seven years of work­ing in Ma­lika Surf Camp, Khad­jou en­joys surf­ing more than ever and is tak­ing it more se­ri­ously than ever be­fore. She has started to train with the best surfers of Sene­gal, in prepa­ra­tion for the Sum­mer Olympics in Tokyo 2020. The Surf cul­ture in Sene­gal has im­proved fast since the pi­o­neers started to catch waves with the boards left be­hind by West­ern tourists in the ’80’s, and West Africa’s pop­u­lar­ity as a surf travel des­ti­na­tion is ris­ing high. Win­ter is the busiest sea­son for the camps, which is no sur­prise since the con­stant swells of At­lantic Ocean bring high

From the lit­tle har­bour of Ngor Vil­lage it is easy to spot the con­di­tions of the waves

The house of Khad­jou is usu­ally busy with her fam­ily.

Khad­jou found the bal­ance be­tween the tra­di­tional Senegalese woman and mod­ern surf girl

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