Growing up in the coastal capital Dakar, Khadjou Sambe had never seen a black woman surf the Atlantic before. But now she is Senegal’s first professional female windsurfer, inspiring the next generation.
Undeterred by the postponement of the Olympic Games due to the pandemic, Sambe, a 24-year-old Senegalese girl, still practices whenever possible at the beach near her home in Ngor district, a predominantly populous district.
Samba also trains girls in her community. She encourages them to develop their physical and mental health to ride the waves. The female surfer breaks long-standing social stereotypes definition of women. Accordingly, women is only associated with traditional roles such as cooking, cleaning, and early marriage.
Black Women Surfing Rhonda Harper
Residents of Ngor are also familiar with the image of a girl Sambe carrying her plank across alleyways from home to the beach to practice with the waves. In recent months, Sambe has been using a house overlooking the ocean as a training base during a visit by her mentor and founder of “Black Women Surfing” Rhonda Harper.
With strong and full of determination, Khadjou Sambe broke the barrier for black women to surf. She also inspires many people who are hesitant to do what they want just because the Social prejudices have been around for too long.
At Riva Tarquini beach, Italy, there are many coast lifeguards. Besides, the dogs here are also trained to take the job of saving people very seriously.
The Italian Rescue Dog School trains dogs to help rescue workers at sea. All dogs here are trained for 1 year to be qualified to participate in the rescue. And they must have a close relationship with the person they directly support and accompany.
This volunteer rescue group operates throughout Italy, and each year can save 30-40 people from drowning. During the Covid-19 pandemic, rescue dogs were especially useful because they reduced direct human-person contact.