Oumar Seye and Surfing Waves in Dakar, Senegal

Oumar Seye and Surfing Waves in Dakar, Senegal
Surfing the Pointe des Almadies, Dakar, Senegal. © carinah_photo

How Surfing in Senegal is making waves in the nation. Thanks, to Senegal’s surfing star Oumar Seye, who has taken his passion for surfing to create a lifestyle for the Dakar city. Senegal, sitting on Africa’s west coast with a rich French colonial heritage and many natural attractions.

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Dakar in Senegal is an elegant and cosmopolitan capital that encapsulates and offers rich coast glamour. The Dakar waves were featured in the seminal surf film The Endless Summer. But it was decades before locals started noticing the city’s now popular surf sports. Oumar Seye took up surfing in the late nineties thanks to a tourist and he has never looked back. Thanks to him surfing in Senegal has become quite popular, and his surf schools are finally making the waves. Dakar surfing waves are the perfect for surfing safari.

Senegal, sitting on Africa’s west coast with a rich French colonial heritage and many natural attractions. Dakar in Senegal is an elegant and cosmopolitan capital that encapsulates and offers rich coast glamour. Dakar waves were featured in the seminal surf film The Endless Summer. But it was decades before locals started noticing the city’s now popular surf sports. Thanks, to Senegal’s surfing star Oumar Seye, who has taken his passion for surfing to create a lifestyle for the Dakar city. Oumar Seye took up surfing in the late nineties thanks to a tourist and he has never looked back. Thanks to him Surfing in Senegal has become quite popular.

One of the pioneers of the sport in a country with 700 kilometres of coastline and 13.5 million inhabitants, Seye today takes part in shows and competitions, which he also organises, drumming up sponsorship to pursue his passion. Oumar explained “It was the place where all the surfers met. Whenever I had the chance to go into the water, I would surf. That’s how I learned,” says Seye, who rode his first wave at age 13. “I am the first black surfer to get a pro contract,” says Seye, who has founded a surf school, and a shop selling famous brands in surf clothing and equipment.

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