|Heading for the waves|
In Liberia, after one hear the statement “this too is Liberia….” normally it is follow by negativity. This negativity takes place in all forms and relates to numerous situations.
On the contrary this post is not a subject of negativity. “This too is Liberia”….……when young men and women can hold on to a sport that allows them to preserver in all aspects of the lives. Surfing in Liberia????
Yes, and it is taking over the coast of Cape Mount and spreading around the coast of Liberia. I longed to see the surfing at Nanas’ lodge, since I heard about it. Unfortunately, for me I always visited when the team was not around. When, I arrived in the country tired, overworked and was told there was surfing competition the next day, I knew I had to be there!
|Surfing it up!|
|A competitor hitting the waves|
With all the joggling it took to get there, we made it and it was great!! It was great to see young Liberians, girls and boys, stimulated by a sport so different from what they are not culturally accustom to, but yet so naturally part of who they are. The competition consisted of three categories: senior, junior and women.
Regrettable, I did not see the whole competition as I had to drive back to Monrovia. However, the conversation I had with one of the 1st self taught surfers led me to believe this was not just a sport for these surfers. It was a social and psychological way out from years of devastation they had endured.
The confidence he exuded, from the manner in which he spoke, his leadership amongst his peers, were evidence that surfing has created a positive dimension in his life.
|All in the day work|