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Meet Senegal’s First Female Professional Surfer, Who’s Inspiring Other Women To Ride The Waves


Coming from the Lebou community, Khadjou Sambe grew up in Dakar, and despite having direct access to the Atlantic and the country’s surf spots, she has never seen a single black woman surfing. Today, as Senegal’s first female professional surfer, she tries to inspire the young generation – in particular black girls and women – to conquer the waves. She is preparing the Tokyo Olympics, and even though the event has been postponed, she hasn’t stopped training. Sambe trains whenever the sea conditions allow close to her home in Ngor, Dakar – the westernmost point of the African continent and a land with about 17 thousand inhabitants, marked by poverty…

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