NAME: BABOU GUEYE
FROM: NGOR VILLAGE, DAKAR
How long have you lived in Ngor?
It's been since I was born, I started surfing at the age of ten.
How long have you been surfing and why do you surf?
Surfing you know, it's a sport that I like. Before it was my brothers who surfed, and I said to myself that I had to start trying. And you know what, now we’re here.
When I was in Indonesia, I dreamed of surfing, you know. So after this dream yes…it was real
What is your favourite surf spot?
It would be here!
Describe to me what the perfect wave is for you?
For me, the perfect wave is in Ngor
Because that's where I started, plus the wave is powerful you know, it's not like the other waves…on the other hand there are different waves, in Ngor the wave is long, you have more room to manoeuvre
Ngor has the best wave, the best why? Because I was born there that's where I grew up that's where I learned to surf so this wave is my favorite. On the other hand Ouakam for example, is a good wave but it’s one that works better in the winter when it’s longer over there.
If you had to describe the feeling you get when you surf, what would that feeling be?
So the feeling frankly is good because at the start on the first day that you go… Suddenly with the paddling and all that if you don't have the motivation, and as soon as you have the motivation you start to improve and you see it will gradually come, yeah
What would you say to all the people that want to learn to surf in Dakar?
It's very cool for the people who learn in Senegal. There were no jokes coming out now there are jokes, it’s very cool now.
Do you think we are presently living a moment for African surf?
For the now it’s the moment because at the beginning we couldn’t get the material but now we’re starting to get the right equipment to surf seriously
How would you describe Dakar as a city?
Dakar is a beautiful city, the people are cool, we share everything, it’s like family
How do you know when it’s the right wave?
This is wave riding. This is how the wave comes. Ah! That's it, it starts, it builds up. There are two waves, for this one, the second was the right one but if you didn't notice you took the first one while the second… and so on like that.
In your mind and in your imagination, what are the colors of Dakar? If you had to choose its colors what would they be?
Well the colors... green, yellow, red!