haha no pants sorry. restricted myself to wood carvings and a few free urchins to come home with.
the trip was good, but with ups and downs as i should have expected from a trip to africa. first of all the surf was consistent, quite warm though i did use my wetty for 2 weeks at the end (now left to a local surfer). the winter north trade wind kicked in a month early though so Ngor right and Baie de Carpe suffered windy conditions everyday almost. saying that ngor holds the wind fine and gets a bit mellower too and still lets you get a good wave.
Ngor is very powerful and i enjoyed it, but needs a wider/bigger board to get the most out of it and connect the outside thru a fat section to the inside.
Baie de Carpe is a sick wave, but often blow out. great left, but bad water quality there.
The south side of Almadies disappointed me a bit, it always seemed like it needed a few more feet and was awfully setty. also lots and lots of rocks and urchins there too and the waves were short novelty waves, except for Club Med and Ouakam, both of which are very fickle.
So for surf I'd say it was fun, not Indo, but not busy, friendly line ups, surf everyday in powerful reef breaks. ngor is almost never flat. outside of Dakar there are some great waves in the right conditions and it's good to get out of the city. it's almost a shame that the surf is centred on Dakar cos it's not a pretty city to spend time in, growing rapidly etc and not clean. But it is safe, friendly and has a great night life too, though this isn't too cheap by Euro standards, still £1.50 a beer.
But Senegal outside of Dakar is a great visit. Friendly, hospitable, fun, full of music, great wildlife/bird watching and an experience of Africa.
Senegal for surfers....it'd suit people who can at least go down the line, maybe wobble a cutback and who want to spend some time in more consistent and good sized waves to progress quickly. beginners can go to a beach and a beginner reef but might get bored of those only 2 options. good surfers might get annoyed by the wind if they're on a 1 week trip but I had time on my side and enjoyed side trips to various places when surf was crap. Boards: take a fishy shortboard for small south coast and semi gun/ step up to enjoy big Ngor.
If i go back it'll be October/May time to catch better south swells and avoid wind conditions but it'll be hot. MSW wind forecasts are way off there, so don't let that put you off. any more info ask Jesper at Ngor Island Surf Camp. take a German phrase book though cos the camp is full of them!! but defo book a night or two with him so that he can pick u up at airport cos it is not fun arriving in Dakar at 3am with all the hustlers at the airport.
I;d never stayed in a "surf camp" before, but given it was my first time to Africa, lack on internet info on accommodation and the fact i got a great deal with food included, i can fully recommend Ngor Island Surf Camp. Jesper has some great tips on life in Senegal and the locals who work for him are awesome and can point you in the right direction for whatever you need to do. As far as staying in Dakar i'd say stay on Ngor Island cos you're out of the madness somewhat and there are some hotels/houses for rent too. everything is possible, just ask.
go for 2 weeks but spend at least 4 days getting out of the city on some trips. Go drink attaya with the locals. bring leashes and some old wetsuits to give away, even old boots cos the reef fishermen will use these. enjoy the hospitality, be amazed at how good Senegalese surfers are on shit, creased boards. get sunburnt, regret eating hot sauce, enjoy the fish and rice, haggle with taxi drivers, and talk about football.....A LOT!
and you know what, the more i look back, the more i liked it and would return for a week to hit a swell one day
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