The first book to give a comprehensive summary of the surfing culture in Africa completely shakes the surfer archetype that has long conjured a shaggy-haired, blonde, tanned, blue-eyed Californian. Titled AFROSURF – and currently raising money through Kickstarter, it delves into Africa’s surf scene, its stars, and its place in sporting history.
The book’s statement reads: “Africa’s surfing heritage and unique approach to wave-riding is largely undocumented. AFROSURF will explore the power of African surf and its growing, invigorating, and inspirational influence on global surf and street culture.”
It covers Africa’s surf legacy, from Morocco to Ghana, Senegal, Mozambique, Somalia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, and more, through its stars, features, think pieces, a comic, and extensive photographs.
The book is organized by the African surf brand Mami Wata (which translates to Mammy Water and references a water spirit which lives in Africa and the African diaspora) and co-founded by Selema Masekela. “AFROSURF is a book that I believe will redefine and expand how the world looks at surf culture,” Masakela explains.
AFROSURF is expected to release later this year. In the meantime, donate to AFROSURF’s Kickstarter here.