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Senegal's first female pro surfer inspires girls to take to the waves 
Growing up in the coastal capital of Dakar, Khadjou Sambe never saw a Black woman surfing the Atlantic swells. As Senegal's first female professional surfer, Sambe is now inspiring the next generation to defy cultural norms and take to the waves. 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, surfs during a training session off the... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, surfs during a training session off the coast of Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, August 18, 2020. "When I am in the water I feel something extraordinary, something special in my heart," said Sambe. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, surfs during a training session off the... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, surfs during a training session off the coast of Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, August 18, 2020. "I always think to myself, when I wake up in the morning, 'Khadjou, you've got something to do, you represent something everywhere in the world, you must go straight to the point, don't give up, whatever people say, whatever they say don't listen, go forward so that everybody can get up and believe they can surf." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, watches her relatives prepare to slaughter... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, watches her relatives prepare to slaughter sheep for a feast of sacrifice during Eid al-Adha, in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, trains beginners with Black Girls Surf... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, trains beginners with Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, on the sand at Yoff beach, in Dakar, Senegal July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, holds a surf board as she talks to her... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, holds a surf board as she talks to her coach Rhonda Harper, the founder of Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, as Koune Ba, Sambe's mother, watches on at their courtyard, in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, August 12, 2020. Sambe went to California in 2018 to train with BGS. Harper said she arrived without a cent in her pocket, speaking no English and with a wild, free surf style that needed taming to fit the structure of surf competitions. "It's like trying to take a tornado right, and put a rope around it, wrangle that thing down. Because she is such a dynamic surfer that it's hard." Harper said BGS started looking for female surfers in Africa because of the lack of representation in professional surfing. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, carries her board as she walks through... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, carries her board as she walks through the village in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal August 12, 2020. "I would always see people surfing and I'd say to myself: but where are the girls who surf?" Sambe said. "I thought: why don't I go surfing, represent my country, represent Africa, represent Senegal as a Black girl?" REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, holds her surfboard as she watches the... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, holds her surfboard as she watches the sea in Dakar, Senegal, August 12, 2020. "I would always see people surfing and I'd say to myself: but where are the girls who surf?" Sambe said. "I thought: why don't I go surfing, represent my country, represent Africa, represent Senegal as a Black girl?" REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Boats sit along a port in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE... 
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Boats sit along a port in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, checks a surf board as she talks to her... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, checks a surf board as she talks to her coach Rhonda Harper, the founder of Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, in Yoff district, Dakar, Senegal August 1, 2020. Sambe went to California in 2018 to train with BGS. Harper said she arrived without a cent in her pocket, speaking no English and with a wild, free surf style that needed taming to fit the structure of surf competitions. "It's like trying to take a tornado right, and put a rope around it, wrangle that thing down. Because she is such a dynamic surfer that it's hard." Harper said BGS started looking for female surfers in Africa because of the lack of representation in professional surfing. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Beginners learning how to surf with Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who... 
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Beginners learning how to surf with Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, sit on a boat as they prepare to attend a training session coached by Khadjou Sambe, Senegal's first female professional surfer, and BSG founder, Rhonda Harper, in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, coaches young surfers during a fitness... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, coaches young surfers during a fitness training session with Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, stands in front of beginners that she... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, stands in front of beginners that she is coaching with Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, while conducting a fitness training session, in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, sits with beginners learning how to surf... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, sits with beginners learning how to surf with Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, near a fishing port in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 30, 2020. Sambe coaches local girls, encouraging them to develop the physical and mental strength to ride waves and break the mould in a society that generally expects them to stay at home, cook, clean, and marry young. "I always advise them not to listen to other people, to block their ears," she said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Young surfers who are coached by Khadjou Sambe, Senegal's first female professional surfer, and Rhonda... 
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Young surfers who are coached by Khadjou Sambe, Senegal's first female professional surfer, and Rhonda Harper, the founder of Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, talk to each other at Black Girls surf school in Yoff district, Dakar, Senegal, August 1, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, chats to her mother Koune Ba outside their... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, chats to her mother Koune Ba outside their house in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 31, 2020. Sambe is a proud Lebou, an ethnic group that traditionally lives by the sea, but as a teenager, her parents refused to allow her to surf for two and a half years, saying it brought shame on the family. "My determination was strong enough to make them change their minds," she said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, adjusts her grandmother Madicke Mbengue's... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, adjusts her grandmother Madicke Mbengue's scarf, as they sit inside Sambe's family home in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, talks to Diadou Ndiaye, as a young surfer... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, talks to Diadou Ndiaye, as a young surfer stands by, in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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August 27, 2020 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, coaches beginners learning to surf with Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, during a training session in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal August 3, 2020. Sambe coaches local girls, encouraging them to develop the physical and mental strength to ride waves and break the mould in a society that generally expects them to stay at home, cook, clean, and marry young. "I always advise them not to listen to other people, to block their ears," she said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, and Rhonda Harper, the founder of Black... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, and Rhonda Harper, the founder of Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, teach a young surfer during a training session at Yoff district, Dakar, Senegal July 28, 2020. Sambe went to California in 2018 to train with BGS. Harper said she arrived without a cent in her pocket, speaking no English and with a wild, free surf style that needed taming to fit the structure of surf competitions. "It's like trying to take a tornado right, and put a rope around it, wrangle that thing down. Because she is such a dynamic surfer that it's hard." Harper said BGS started looking for female surfers in Africa because of the lack of representation in professional surfing. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, talks to a young surfer in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, waxes her surfboard in Dakar, Senegal, August 13 2020. "I would always see people surfing and I'd say to myself: but where are the girls who surf?" Sambe said. "I thought: why don't I go surfing, represent my country, represent Africa, represent Senegal as a Black girl?" REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, surfs with her friend Madicke Mbengue, during a training session in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, August 14 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, surfs during a training session in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, August 18 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, surfs during a training session off the coast of Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, August 18, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, carries her surfboard as she walks along... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, carries her surfboard as she walks along the sea at the Secret Beach in Dakar, Senegal, August 14, 2020. "I would always see people surfing and I'd say to myself: but where are the girls who surf?" Sambe said. "I thought: why don't I go surfing, represent my country, represent Africa, represent Senegal as a Black girl?" REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, prepares breakfast at her coach Rhonda... 
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Khadjou Sambe, 25, Senegal's first female professional surfer, prepares breakfast at her coach Rhonda Harris's home, who is the founder of Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal, July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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Beginners learning how to surf, enter the sea during a training session coached by Khadjou Sambe, Senegal's... 
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Beginners learning how to surf, enter the sea during a training session coached by Khadjou Sambe, Senegal's first female professional surfer, and Rhonda Harper, the founder of Black Girls Surf (BGS), a training school for girls and women who want to compete in professional surfing, at Yoff district, Dakar, Senegal, July 28, 2020. Sambe went to California in 2018 to train with BGS. Harper said she arrived without a cent in her pocket, speaking no English and with a wild, free surf style that needed taming to fit the structure of surf competitions. "It's like trying to take a tornado right, and put a rope around it, wrangle that thing down. Because she is such a dynamic surfer that it's hard." Harper said BGS started looking for female surfers in Africa because of the lack of representation in professional surfing. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "SENEGALESE WOMEN SURFER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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A man surfs at the Secret Beach in Dakar, Senegal, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH... 
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