NAME: YORO THIAM
FROM: NGOR VILLAGE, DAKAR
What is your name?
My name is Yoro Thiam
How old are you?
I'm 26 years old
Where do you live?
I live in Ngor, it's been a long time
Why do you like Ngor?
Because it's my home village
Where is it in Dakar?
It’s the cape on the sea
And you like it because it’s next to surf spots?
Yeah, there are good spots there and lots of surfers over there
When did you start surfing?
When I was younger, It took me one year to learn how to surf
Do you think your level is good or do you want to get better?
Yes, now I surf well, but I want to keep improving!
Why do you surf? Describe to me the emotions you get when you surf? Why do you like it? Is it a sense of freedom? Or you like the feeling?
Because I love surfing, when I see Babou, Ibra, Cherif — quite simply, I just want to surf like them. Surfing makes me feel better, because when I surf, after I'm with my friends …
Thanks to this [being a coach] you can help your family?
Yeah because we surf, and I put in the work too, I'm now an instructor
You have a big family?
I have a big family, two little sisters and two big brothers
What does your family think about you surfing?
They are happy because I like surfing and working, they can see it
Do you think there is an African surf movement at the moment? Are many people coming here to surf? Is the African surf message getting stronger?
Yeah, there are a lot of overseas people who come to take lessons
And he’s [Babou] your mentor?
For me, Babou was the one who motivated and taught me, and he still does
If you send a message to people who want to learn how to surf, Senegalese and locals whose families don’t want them to, what would you tell them?
I would like surfing to be successful in Africa because there are good surfers here! but there’s not enough equipment, we need help with that, and to get that we need more young people to be involved and motivated by their families