“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”
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
The view over the rustic rooftops under the blue sky
The water at Ngor Right sparkles clear and turquoise blue