And we stand together for change.
Since 2016, one of the priorities of our collective is to develop black representation in board sports.
As a black owned project, we are struggling to get support and funding because from the beginning we refused to show what a lot want to see: skaters barefoot, broken boards, dirty clothes, broken wooden surfboards, captions asking for help because we are suffering....Sorry but we won’t do that just to get your attention!
We categorically refuse to be more accountable to our funders as opposed to those we serve. We have always refused to craft our projects in line with donor preferences instead of those we supposedly represent.
We prefer celebrating our happiness by surfing and skating in Ghana, our courage to skate where here it is still forbidden, our capacity to recycle our boards and collaborate with other creatives to showcase the surf and skate culture made in Ghana. We want you to see us as equal humans.
We want to inspire you and share our most cherished aspirations with the world and beyond!
We want to develop sports tourism and we want people fall in love with Ghana.
We also want to celebrate fashion & art because they are fully part of our heritage.
We want to organize and mobilize the power and influence of black athletes and black creatives in Ghana and abroad.
We want to empower local surfers and skateboarders to organize themselves.
We thank you for your visa, but surfing in Africa is amazing. We would rather learn how to create our own federation and create our surf schools. We would rather build our own skatepark.
We would rather build our sports equipment made in Ghana and give job opportunities to the youth ; we would rather you buy our tee shirts that we design here, we would rather create our own magazines. We want to document surfing and skateboarding by ourselves. And yes, we have amazing writers, photographers and filmmakers here too!
Africa is a freaky-awesome continent, so to speak, but the reality is that we don't have access to quality services that help us grow. Most of the great companies that make your lives easier never offers their help and services here.
But we want you to believe in us, in the human capacity that is in each and everyone.
We are representing a new generation of Africans that just want to be independent. We need investors!
Before being surfers or skateboarders, we are first little entrepreneurs. We want your help and support, that small push which shall contribute to our future and true independence.
That’s actually what we call sustainability.
Please, be and become the matches by which the little flames of our passions and aspirations may turn into big and beautiful explosions. Please, shoulder our course, and support our multi-talented members. And please, share and let's make it happen!
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE
Surf Ghana is a collective that uses the practice of extreme sports as a driver for diversity in education, social inclusion, and empowerment of the youth.
Surf Ghana is a voice of diversity that pushes a narrative of freedom and self-expression creating a counter-culture a platform for the Youth.
We also create a platform for local artists to promote a culture of tolerance, respect and peace and celebrate African young creatives.
Our main goal is to create a sports ecosystem that could benefit sports athletes and Ghana as a tourist destination.
Our next project is to create the first skatepark in Ghana in 2020: A safe space to practice sport and to connect the youth through art.
Over the last four years, Surf Ghana has demonstrated the strength of its vision through 20 significant projects and the largest digital community of Action Sports in Ghana (7800 fans). We have contributed to the emergence of unique cultural and sports projects in Ghana and have achieved nationwide and international recognition.
Our local initiative has echoed worldwide through international media such as CNN, BBC, Vogue Magazine, Now This, ID Magazine, l'Equipe, Nova, Arte, and many more.
We believe that our project has the potential to be implemented in numerous countries in Africa and also in other developing countries that operate in the sports segment.
Surf Ghana has elaborated pertinent partnerships with official institutions such as United Nations, French Institute, Sports and dev.org, renowned manufacturers / skateboarding apparel (VANS) and local sporting goods stores (Decathlon).
As of today, 2000 trainings have been provided across the country in different cities (Kumasi, Accra, Kwahu, Busua, Ho, Akosombo, Peki, Abonom).
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- Melissa Alibo
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- Alexandre Tandina
- Emilie Nicodex
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