On January 18th, Alain Riou (Pro Surfer) & Tom Frager (singer) and myself embarked on a journey that would change our lives, or at least our way to look at it.
For the past 2 years, the association Cœur de Forêt has worked to develop a successful economic model in the Anambe (Senegal) thanks to the support of the Quiksilver Foundation via the funds raised during the « Green Campaign ». Our mission was to meet the locals and see on site how the village has evolved since the arrival of Cœur de Forêt.
Traveling around the world for a reason other than chasing waves was definitely something different and getting involved with the people there who don’t have much but still manage to be incredibly happy was pretty eye-opening. I guess revelations like this aren’t exactly uncommon, but actually experiencing it firsthand is something that has re-shaped my outlook quite a lot. I felt i needed to share this… so here’s my little diary…
The surf guide was tying our boards to the roof and it looked very questionable…
So I turned to Alain and said: “That aint right”. Hoping he would say something to the guy in French, but he just smiled and said “T.I.A”, “it will be ok This Is Africa”.