Babacar Thiaw, the man behind Senegal’s Black-owned surf village, has been surfing since he was six years old. His dad would take him to the beach where he watched his father go scuba diving.
“My father would go out and get some fish or hang out with his friends. They were like family,” said Thiaw “I used to think as a child, ‘when I grow up, I would like to keep this legacy.’”
Thiaw would give surfing lessons to people on the weekends and during his spare time, to help him pay through school.
After graduation, he invested all of his energy into the restaurant and surf village he owns in Dakar called Copa Cabana Surf Village.
He also wanted to put surfing in Africa on the map and change the face of an activity that has been too often, represented by non-Black faces.
That’s why he makes it his mission to help the children in his community surf without the cost barrier.
When you book with Copa Surf Village, you will get a one-on-one session or you can choose to learn with a group.