“When I was small there were a lot of people that said I couldn’t surf. In my generation there were many who were much better than I. I was criticised a lot, along with a few other things that I didn’t really appreciate but it helped me a lot. Now I can say I’ve achieved nearly everything I wanted to achieve. There were moments which were really hard, to surf, to have a board. It was challenging.

If you see that you can help a person, you have to help them – sincerely.

Sometimes when I reflect on my life, I’m proud of myself as my parents are really happy. When I see that and my life now, from where I started at the beach in N’gor surfing with only broken boards it makes me happy.

Today, people say bad things and good things .The bad things, I listen to them and I leave. I don’t care about that. I’m in my headspace of working and that’s it.

Surfing isn’t a thing for white and blacks. It’s everywhere. For everyone. If you want to do it, then do it. Today that is what we believe in. I would love people to help the Senegalese surfers, as we have a lot of surfers who surf really well now. A lot of people say there are no black surfers but here there is us, me, the people you see here.

We are all ready to show our Senegalese surfing”

– Cherif Fall