Kevin in Liberia

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Surfing Robertsport, Liberia - Broken Boards & Broken Dreams

As a way of relaxing for the weekend, I went up to Robertsport with a group of people from Tearfund. Earlier on in the week I had checked the US Navy Website and it was showing a big system moving in from the mid-Atlantic. A lot of 'green' moving towards Liberia so I knew for sure that there would definately be some big surfing in Robertsport, so big in fact that it snapped one of my boards in two. One Liberian surfboard repair coming up!


'Loco' as they call it, a point break with a rocky bottom where the surf is always twice as big as anywhere else in Robe
rtsport, was definately working! What I have discovered is that Liberian kids now have four surfboards which they share amongst maybe ten of them, or whoever is brave enough to venture into the water. I don't think these kids realize what they have on their hands with living in Robertsport and being able to see the surf day in/day out, seeing the best of the best and the worst of the worst days that it has to offer. Alfred, a young kid who has been surfing for approximately two years now has developed some decent skills in such a short period of time. I would expect that from anyone who has the opportunity to surf Robertsport day-in/day-out without fighting anybody for waves - every surfer's dream.


Anyways, enjoy the pictures.

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3 Comments:

  • At 8:01 PM, Blogger MJ said…

    Nice surfing pictures. They make me very jealous. And the waves look pretty good.

    Must have been tons of fun!

    MJ

     
  • At 6:35 AM, Blogger mstearne said…

    Looks fun. Please post some more pictures of the waves.

     
  • At 10:06 PM, Blogger Britton said…

    Hey Kevin,

    Just thought I'd try to open a dialogue. My name is Britton Caillouette, and my friend Nicholai Lidow and I organized the surf trip to Liberia last summer with Dan Malloy and others featured on your site. Stoked to see you've been surfing Robertsport and stay in touch with Alfred and the other local surfers. It's great to see the guy in the middle of this photo getting some good use out of Dan's board! If you're interested, we're making a film out of our trip called Sliding Liberia that attempts to fuse surfing with personal stories of Liberians - including Alfred's discovery of surfing. Check out the trailer (http://youtube.com/watch?v=v0eru45CK5Y) and let me know what you think. Keep up the good work.

    Peace,

    Britton

     

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