At the beginning of this year we decided to choose a random surf destination, far away from the consistent waves of Central America, from the perfect waves of Indonesia and the famous Surf Mecca Hawaii. Thanks to our friend Yves from back home who currently works with UNICEF in Senegal for children’s rights we where let in on the uncrowned waves around Dakar.
With its 2.5 million inhabitants living on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Dakar, the number of local surfers is very low. Dakar only has one small surf shop, a surf club and three cozy surf camps. Needless to say the lack of surfers has not to do with the quality and variety of the waves but with the fact that it is not easy for the locals to purchase from the minimal selection of stock in fins, boards, leashes, and wetsuits. This necessary equipment is way overpriced, therefore making it out of the local youths reach.
Through Yves we met an Italian women named Marta and her local husband Aziz Kane who have been living in Dakar for many years. She is the owner of the Malika Surfcamp, on the break of Yoff. Together our belief in the friendly and helpful locals kids and their desire for sports, whether on land or water, inspired us to donate our surf gear we had with us and upon arriving back home sending whatever surf equipment we were able to send.
On this note we are asking for your help with donations in whatever it may be, old booties, Thermo Long Sleeve, wet suits, leashes, cold water wax, fins, boardshorts etc. You can send it to Marta at the following address, she will make sure that the local grommets receive our donations so the kids on the forgotten continent can have the chance to fulfill their dreams.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Marta
at info[at]malikasurfcamp.com or Zopilote at office[at]zopilote-surfcamp.com
The Zopilote Team