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Khadija Sambe

Surfer, Senegal

When Khadija Sambe started surfing at age 14, she was the only local woman in the waves in her hometown of Dakar, Senegal. Khadija has started a surf club for young girls and women in Sengal, inspiring a new generation of Senegalese girls to surf. She’s currently one of three Senegalese members of the WSL, and the only woman. Besides Olympic greatness, Sambe wants to spread her love of surfing to other girls back in Dakar to inspire a new culture of female surfers in Senegal.