Meet Senegal’s first sponsored Surfer, Ismaila Samb
Northcore recently announced the signing of their youngest team rider, Senegalese grom Ismaila Samb. Ismaila was born and raised in Ngor, Dakar a traditional fishing village. He is now one of Senegal’s first-ever sponsored surfers.
We sat down and spoke to Ismaila about his life including surfing, advice on becoming a sponsored rider and his ambitions for the future…
What made you want to start surfing in the first place?
I used to watch everyone else surfing in Ngor and my big brother was surfing too. This made me really want to give it a try watching the others surf.
How was your first Surf session after this? Do you remember it?
Yes, I do, My first time surfing was on a different beach to the one I surf at locally now. A friend of mine lent me a surfboard and it was actually a broken board. However, I used this and went surfing for the first time. Ever since I have loved it.
How do you feel about becoming one of Senegals first sponsored surfers?
I feel extremely proud of myself and so happy. I also feel extremely lucky to receive surf gear which means I can continue to surf and enjoy myself, it is a really big help for me to become a sponsored surfer.
What advice would you give to someone younger wanting to become a sponsored surfer?
I would say to them to keep going, continue to work hard in school and believe in yourself. One day you will make it, you just need to keep believing in yourself.
“One day you will make it, you just need to keep believing in yourself”
What are your goals and ambitions for the future?
My goal in surfing is to compete in the world tour. However, my goal overall is to be able to support my parents.
Where is your dream place to Surf?
My dream place to surf would definitely be France or Bali in Indonesia. I would love to be able to go to either of those places one day.
What is your favourite Northcore product?
Definitely the fins, I love Northcore Slice Fins!
We plan on running a series of interviews with people who’s lives spin inside the world of surfing. Let us know who you’d love to see in one of our next interviews?