We finally managed to shake our guide after about an hour (my friend bought him off with some cigarettes) and i was able to find the famous surf spots on the left and right of the island. on the left side of the island is "Mommie and Poppie" named after two large rocks and on the right side of the island is the break immortalized by the surf classic "Endless Summer."
"Endless Summer" is a surf epic from the 1960s where two California surfers take off on an around the world surf adventure, trying to follow the summer and surf year round. The first place they land in Africa is in Senegal and they stay at the hotel that faces N'Gor Island and surf the right side in the film. They introduced surfing to Senegal and today the breaks are full of little kids who surf much better than me. There are several surf schools and N'Gor Island even has a surf camp (but it was closed when we visited) and the kids live mostly on donated surfboards left behind by tourists as they leave. The sport shop in Dakar City shopping center has about a dozen new boards for sale at prices comparable to the states- about $700 per board- which is 1/2 of what an average Senegalese makes in a year.
There were about a 1/2 dozen kids at each break, but the numbers began to swell as time passed. Most of the sets were thigh to waist high, but you had to know the breaks- especially at Mommie and Poppie, where you had to make a hard right turn or you were in the rocks. I think I need to hire a surf guide to take me around the area and show me the rocks in the water. I don’t need any more urchin incidents.
The return trip on the boat is free. All you need to do is grab a life vest from the pile after the passengers disembark and you are back on the peninsula in five minutes. At a buck a trip its worth visiting the island every week- but i should try to find some surfers or a guide with a boat so i wont be jammed in with everyone else while holding by board.
|Hotel from the Endless Summer|