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Black Girls Surf Camp 2022

Black Girls Surf 2022 U.S. Tour will return to Watsonville, CA this week. BGS has been invited to several U.S. cities this summer. We are honored to share the stoke at home this year. Our surf camps are specialty fitness training camps for girls 7 – 17 years of age.  Get ready for the fun!

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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… Read Article on India Times

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Hurley Announces Long-Term Partnership with Black Girls Surf

Hurley is proud to announce its new multi-year global partnership with Black Girls Surf, a Performance Training Program and organization that supports girls & women of color whose dreams and career goals are to compete in professional surfing. With locations in the US, Africa, Jamaica & Brazil, BGS invites surfers to both training camps and “board meetings”, encompassing beginners all the way to female surfers at the expert level. It is an inclusive organization that works to further the future of females in surfing. BGS’s goal is to make sure anyone who has ever wanted to surf is given the chance. In addition to having a solid roster of experienced surfers on their team, BGS ensures their athletes also have the opportunity to get an education through their sponsorship program. These women not only get to work towards their professional surf dreams, they’re empowered through education along the way… Read Article on PR Newswire

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Khadjou Sambe on Becoming Senegal’s First Professional Female Surfer

By the age of 13, Khadjou Sambe had fallen in love with surfing. But surfing is a male-dominated sport in her home country of Senegal, and it’s rare to find women riding the waves. It’s even rarer to see women of color, especially Black women, surfing—something Sambe quickly became aware of as she began progressing in the sport. Despite the odds, she kept going, fueled by a growing love of being in the water. Fast forward 11 years later and Sambe, now 24, has her sights set on competing in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, under the guidance of her coach, Rhonda Harper. After Harper recruited Sambe to compete in a surf competition in Sierra Leone in 2014, she invited her to California to train, and from there, the organization Black Girls Surfwas born, helmed by Harper with the support of Sambe. Together, the two have since opened free surf camps all over California and Africa, in places like Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, to inspire and train other young girls of color to ride the waves… Read Article on CN Traveler

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This Organization Is Training Black Girls to Become Pro Surfers, 1 Wave at a Time

Rhonda Harper has been in Senegal since January. It was meant to be a short trip for Harper, the founder of Black Girls Surf, to do some filming with Khadjou Sambe, a Senegalese surfer whom she’s training for the Olympics and the pro World Surf League. But days before Harper was due to return to the US, she said, the country was “locked down” due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Out of the extended overseas stay has come something groundbreaking: a Senegal-based Black Girls Surf camp with the explicit goal of not only teaching young Senegalese women to surf, but seriously training them to enter the pro ranks. It’s not perhaps the exact timeline Harper had had in mind, but to hear her tell the story of her career leading up to the 2014 founding of Black Girls Surf, that’s only fitting… Read Article on Pop Sugar

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Senegal’s first female pro surfer draws others in her wake

DAKAR – Growing up in the coastal capital of Dakar, Khadjou Sambe never saw a Black woman surfing the Atlantic swells. As Senegal’s first female professional surfer, Sambe is now inspiring the next generation to defy cultural norms and take to the waves. Undeterred by the postponement of the Olympic Games, Sambe trains whenever conditions allow in the powerful surf break near her home in the hardscrabble district of Ngor – the westernmost point of the African continent. “When I am in the water I feel something extraordinary, something special in my heart,” Sambe said, wearing a t-shirt of the “Black Girls Surf” project (BGS), which helps Black girls and women around the world break into professional surfing… Read Article at New York Post

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