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A paradise on a tiny island surrounded by a few world class waves, close to the capital center of Dakar, is what awaits you if you join this surf camp. The camp offers you a pleasant, relaxing environment, perfect to chill after a long day of surfing. Daily surf lessons with the best instructors in Senegal are in store, among other things. NGor Island Surf Camp is waiting for you to come and enjoy the endless summer type of life.
You will be accommodated at NGor Island Surf Camp. The camp offers a chill-out area with pool, outside showers, and sunbeds - a perfect place to chill after a long day surfing. Being located in one of the highest properties on the island, there are sea views from everywhere in the house, perhaps the most spectacular being the 360 degree view of all the waves surrounding NGor from the roof terrace. From here, you can also see the stunning sunset over the Atlantic Ocean at the most western point of Africa.
Both single and double rooms have comfortable beds, mosquito nets, and private bathrooms with hot water from the solar system heated by the African sun.
Enjoy a stunning sea view from where your breakfast and dinner are served each day. All the camp employees strive to make your stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. Your bedroom is cleaned by a maid every day and they also have a laundry service available.
Being situated on an island, they do not have main electricity available, but they do have a solar system with full lighting, fans, plug sockets in each room for charging mobile phones, wireless internet, solar heated water, and showers, providing all comfort needed. In addition to this, they collect plastic for recycling and they have their own compost at the camp.
During the surf camp, you will have two one and a half-hour surf lessons per day with the best surf instructors in Senegal. Every day one of the local surf guides will take you to the best of 21 spots according to the conditions and your ability. Located on the most Western point of Africa, the nearby mainland peninsular attracts swell from the North, West, and South, offering potentially Africa's largest and most consistent swell window.
The waves here are consistent all year round, almost twice as consistent as in France and Morocco in summer. And, despite nearly half a century of surfing in Senegal, there has never been a shark attack on a surfer.
NGor Island Surf Camp always do their best to make sure that their guests are at the best place at the right time. Checking up on local swell forecasts and, most importantly, watching the spots at first light. If the conditions are good, the camp bell will be ringing, then off for a sunrise session before breakfast. There is always a cup of coffee and some fruit to grab before going out the door. The boatman, Bai Dam, lives in the camp and will take you to the mainland or to the spot by boat with a guide.
At 10 a.m., when you have finished your breakfast, NGor Island Surf Camp gets a fresh updated swell report from the different spots. They send their guests to the different spots with a guide, depending on their level. Then surf's up all day. Alasanne, the mini van driver, is waiting on the mainland if that's where you find the best spots of the day. Bai Dam is on stand-by all day, ready to take you to the spots around NGor Island.
NGor Island's surf guiding is all about trying to help their guests exploring the best waves that only local knowledge can provide. As there are huge swell windows and changing wind directions, conditions are always changing. The guides are there to help their guests with finding entrance and exit points at various spots, tides, waves, and wind options and to make sure that you will have the most suitable conditions according to your level.
Since 2006, NGor Island Surf Camp has been exploring the north and south coast of Senegal. When wind and swell conditions are right, they arrange road trips with their van or 4x4.
Surfing under the influence is not a good idea. Save the drinking for the after-surf bragging session at your local, where you can tell everyone just how many barrels you got earlier.
Be aware of other surfers and water users, of the surf conditions, and of where you are surfing.
You should ride waves that you are comfortable with. Don't get in over your head.
Make sure you are physically fit when surfing. You need to be able to swim back to shore if you lose your board at the end of an exhausting session - no mean feat in a three meter swell.
Surfing is all about having fun. Keep it in mind when you are out in the waves.
Know when to hold on to your surfboard and when to get rid of it. If you are paddling out, then keep hold of your board. You'll get back to the line up more quickly, and you'll not put anyone paddling out behind you at risk. If you are about to wipe out, get rid of your board. You are far more likely to sustain an injury if you and your board are getting washed around together.
If you want to improve, then you need to be in the water, surfing as regularly as possible.
Always make sure that you are not taking anyone else's wave. Remember that the surfer who is closest to the breaking wave has priority. If you see someone already on a wave, then the wave is considered to be taken, and you'll have to wait for the next one.
Respect the locals if you are visiting a beach. Remember that you are a guest and that waves should be shared.
If you are caught in a rip, you should not panic, but instead paddle across the rip (not against it) until you have escaped.
Always wear a good waterproof sunblock. You'll know how important it is if you have been out for a few hours surfing in the sun without it. Also, if you are not wearing a wetsuit, it is a good idea to wear a UV-proof long sleeve rash vest for body protection.
Always go surf with at least one other person. Not only will you have more fun if you are sharing your waves, but you'll always have someone to help you out if you need it.
Make sure that the surf is safe before you go in. If you are going surfing at a spot you are unfamiliar with, it's a good idea to get some advice from a local. Check out the surf-spot while warming up.
Always have a quick warm-up and stretch before entering the surf. This will reduce the risk of muscle injury or cramps while you're surfing. It also gives you time to check for any rips or where the best spot to catch waves is.
Samba is in charge of airport transfers and is a tourist guide at NGor Island Surf Camp.
Jakie is a surf guide and teacher at NGor Island Surf Camp.
Kouka is a surf guide and teacher at NGor Island Surf Camp.
Mour is a surf guide and teacher at NGor Island Surf Camp.
The surf camp will take place at NGor Island Surf Camp, in Ngor Island, Senegal, located just 50 meters away from the most consistent waves in West Africa, overlooking the spot from the house. NGor appears as the first wave surfed in the Endless Summer movie. Although being a consistent and powerful reef break, it is only a short walk from the calm and sandy beach in the bay of Ngor.
The island is very peaceful and relaxed. The boat bringing you across the water is a pirogue (traditional fishing boat). As soon as you step off the boat, you will feel the exotic atmosphere. Walking around the island you can find small galleries offering art and music.
On the bay side you will find quiet, white sandy beaches where you can swim, relax, or eat lunch. At the local beach side restaurants they serve different fish, gambas, or lobster. There are also two small grocery shops selling drinks, snacks, and anything else you may need. On the side facing the Atlantic Ocean, the coast is pounded by almost constant swell. The solid rock foundation is creating optimal conditions for surfing.
The night life on the island is very calm and quiet. At the camp they organize some barbecues with music and there is always a place to have a drink on the beach. You can also take a boat to the mainland (Dakar) which is only five minutes away, where you will find exciting discos and bars in best Senegal style.
During your stay, you will be provided with daily breakfast and dinner, as well as drinking water, coffee, and tea. Breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day. Dinner is from 8 p.m.
They offer a wide range of tasty food for breakfast (exotic West African fruit and jam, seasonal fruit of Senegal, cheese, butter, honey, and much more). There is also coffee and tea available.
NGor Island Surf Camp takes pride in celebrating and encouraging people to discover the traditional food of Senegal and West Africa, which is extremely delicious. The food is completely fresh as the cook goes to the local market every morning to buy ingredients for the evening meal. The fish used is caught by the local fishermen on the island, therefore it is fresh, local, and sustainable. In addition to the local fish soup, fataya, or the homemade moringa goat cheese, Mame also occasionally prepares delicious muffins for you to enjoy at the camp.
They also offer a choice of Senegalese vegan / vegetarian food. Please let NGor Island Surf Camp know upon arrival about your requirements and if you suffer from any allergies.
Beach soccer with the locals
Diving Barracuda Club Dakar
Djembe - learn to play the local African drum
Guided tourist trips to the Senegalese tourist attractions
Kickboxing lessons every Monday and Wednesday
Learn to make mosaique
Private French lessons in the surf camp
Visit Dakar's exciting night life with the surf guides
Please book your flight to arrive at Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS), the main international airport in Senegal. NGor Island Surf Camp arranges transfer from the airport to the camp 24/7.
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