“I want to be­lieve that it is pos­si­ble to find a surf­ing hus­band so we can teach our chil­dren and go to the ocean all to­gether”

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qual­ity waves on the north and west coasts of the tri­an­gu­lar penin­sula of Dakar.

Still, Khad­jou is wait­ing for the sum­mer, when the mel­low glassy waves brushed with off­shore winds are warm enough to surf with­out a wet­suit. Her long braids move with the soft sea breeze as she tells us about her trav­el­ling dreams: “I would love to go to Tokyo for the Olympics, but I also would like to visit Ire­land, be­cause I have a friend there. I have been in­vited to surf in Cal­i­for­nia, but it is so dif­fi­cult to get the visa and it is not easy to save money for travel, since here in Sene­gal we al­ways sup­port our house­hold and big fam­i­lies.”

Khad­jou is a bit mys­te­ri­ous about her life plans, but one thing she knows for sure: “I’m wor­ried that if one day I want to start a fam­ily I have to stop surf­ing, be­cause the role of a mother has a lot of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ex­pec­ta­tions. How­ever, I want to be­lieve that it is pos­si­ble to find a surf­ing hus­band so we can teach our chil­dren and go to the ocean all to­gether. That would be amaz­ing!” Be­ing the only lo­cal fe­male surfer in Dakar, and prob­a­bly in the whole coun­try, Khad­jou wants to en­cour­age women to fol­low their dreams, even if it means swim­ming against the cur­rent.

Along with her boyfriend Gio­vanni, Anna is cur­rently work­ing on a project called the Lo­cal Surfer Project, which ex­plores the re­al­ity of surf cul­ture around the world, com­bin­ing pho­tos and il­lus­tra­tion. You can fol­low the project via their blog www.lo­cal­surfer­pro­ject.com and in­sta­gram

@lo­cal_­surfer­_pro­ject

The view over the rus­tic rooftops under the blue sky

The wa­ter at Ngor Right sparkles clear and turquoise blue

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