For over a year, Black Girls Surf has been able to fund female surfers from Hawaii to Africa. Our success was only possible through the generosity of donors around the world. We are grateful to all who continue to contribute. Senegalese surfer, Khadjou Sambe was able to achieve her goal of training in California. She is now on her way to Japan to compete in the ISA World Games, a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
BGS afforded Khadjou the opportunity to travel throughout the California coastline for a year training at a variety of world-class surf breaks. Media exposure was also included. It was through Khadjou’s training debut that we realized the vast amount of female surfers throughout the diaspora who wish to surf professionally without having access or knowing how to begin their journey. We also realized that the financial aspect of this endeavor was quite costly. The fluctuation in gas prices, hotels, and rental car expenditures was an unexpected surprise to all of us. Still, we pressed on. We achieved more in 365 days than we expected and made new friends all over the world. But we still have more to do. Our next training sessions are coming soon and we are preparing to host 12-year-old phenom, mini-grom national champion, Erika Berra from Costa Rica.
Several pro surfers, including but limited to Keala Kennelly, Luke Stedman, and Suelen Naraisa have graciously lent their support in our efforts. We are eternally grateful to all of the pro surfers, filmmakers, media outlets and school campuses for their support. Pro surfer, Luke Stedman’s, Smile High Club generous offer to train our LA chapter was definitely Ione of the highlights this year. Still, there is more to come. BGS has been requested by numerous countries in need of support for their athletes. Just to name few, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Namibia, Jamaica and Costa Rica been in contact for help with resources. Coach Rho has donated her monthly military pension for over a year but it was not enough. This is why we come to you, our potential donors to ask for your assistance in keeping Black Girls Surf up & riding.
1. A van - We travel 90% of the time. Converting a van into a sleeper would cut down on the costs of rentals, lodging and buying food. These are our main expenditures. A donated van in need of repair will work for us as well.
2. Surfboards - Donated surfboards are welcome always. Performance boards for competitions especially needed.
3. Wetsuits - Youth wetsuits are needed the most.
5. Deck Pads
7. Wax - A variety of warm, tropical and cold water.
8. Fees for contest registration
9. Travel airfare - This is for contests and training. For instance, Suelen Naraisa has offered to train our girls in Brazil and Africa.
10. Housing - We use our San Jose studio to temporarily house incoming surfers. Overseas we find local community members or Air B&B for housing. Your generosity is certainly appreciated. Please consider donating today to keep BGS going for the next generation of pro surfers.
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