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Khadija Sambe

Surfer, Senegal

When Khadija “Khadjou” Sambe started surfing at age 14, she was the only local woman in the waves in her hometown of Dakar, Senegal. She spent her teenage years surfing with her uncles and cousins, hoping to one day find a community of professional female surfers to train with and compete against. After living in Northern California, training every day in hopes of going pro, representing her country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and inspiring a new generation of Senegalese girls to surf, she has now returned to Senegal. She is currently teaching and getting a surf organization set up there for her community. She also is working with Black Girls Surf to challenge the surfing culture, which is littered with racism and sexism. The WSL has also shared their final documentary about her, where Khadija is trying to change its culture and be more inclusive.