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40 years after Bruce Brown, Senegalese scene soaring


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Senegalese Surf Scene Attracts More Locals

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 December, 2006 : - - This year marks 40 years since the sport of surfing was introduced in Senegal. The country first gained the attention of the surf world with the 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer." In the following decades many tourists came to surf Senegal. Now, more locals are finding their way to the waves. Kari Barber reports for VOA from Dakar.

In the 1966 surfing cult movie The Endless Summer, two American surfers came to the Ngor village area of Senegal. The young characters found surfable waves and a culture curious about foreigners and the sport of surfing. Forty years later, surf tourism has swelled in Dakar, and in the past decade more locals are learning the difficult sport.

Ibrahim Bakhoum lives in Ngor village. He makes a living working at a surf camp on the Island of Ngor. He knows of about 50 local Senegalese surfers. Most of them come from his village of about 2,000 people. Bakhoum says his family was not happy when he began surfing. "'Do not go to the wave," he says they told him. "You are crazy, it is not a good job.' I like surfing, it is my life. It is my life. They said, 'Ibrahim is crazy.' Not accepted. They said, 'Ibrahim is crazy, is crazy, is crazy."

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