Gambia and Nigeria join the international surfing scene

January 19, 2018 | Surfing
The Gambia: uncrowded waves | Photo: Tony Steele

Gambia and Nigeria have officially joined the International Surfing Association (ISA).

The Gambia is a country located in West Africa. With approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) of coastline, it is bordered by Senegal.

"The Gambia is incredibly excited to become a member of the ISA. We know that our citizens will enjoy surfing and SUP and hopefully be able to compete on a world stage within a few years," says Alieu Jallow, president of The Gambia Swimming and Water Sports Association.

Nigeria offers 500 miles (800 kilometers) of coastline and has Benin, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as its neighbors. Surfing is growing in Nigeria.

The country was featured in Bruce Brown's 1964 film, "The Endless Summer."

"Becoming a member of ISA will give surfers of Nigeria a great opportunity in Africa. It will allow us to continue to develop our sport and its connections with tourism", underlines Adebukola Esther Etti, president of the Nigeria Surfing Federation.

Fernando Aguerre, the man behind the International Surfing Association, is getting closer to reaching the 100-member mark.

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