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Friday, 10 January 2014 18:41

SIERRA LEONE: DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SURFING

Bureh Beach Surf Club: a great example of the integration of surf within a community

 

Bureh is a small village, 30 minutes away from the capital, Freetown, with perfect waves for begginer or intermediate surfers.

 

The club was created to develop the sport, and, at the same time, give back to the local community. The few local surfers were isolated from a global surf culture, and the only chance of surfing was when tourists would loan them their boards.

 

A big part of the customers that loan boards from the club, are foreigners that live in Freetown, but the number of local surfers is growing by the day.

 

Peter Wessels, a Peace Corps volunteer living in Guinea, has visited Bureh a couple of times, and praises the project: "I love the fact that they work in a sustainable way", since all the money generated with the club, never leaves the community, it's main focus. A great example!

 

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Bureh Beach Surf Club

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