Updated: May 20, 2014






SAN JOSE, CA: On October 27, 2014, Africa Surf International (ASI) will hold the inaugural event of a series of invitational surf contests on the pristine shores of Bureh Beach, Sierra Leone. Surf Sierra Leone, a week-long celebration of education and cultural diversity, scheduled for October 27 – November 2, 2014, will see the world’s finest African and African Diaspora professional and amateur surfers compete in the name of unity and development for Sierra Leone.


ASI is an organization dedicated to the development of Africa through the sport of surfing. Founder and President, Rhonda Harper, who is also an ISA-certified judge and the Executive Director of Inkwell Surf & Sk8 Club, formed the organization with one main goal in mind: unity through surfing.





“ASI’s mission is to unify African and African Diaspora pro/am surfers from around the globe; meeting respectfully on the shores of Africa,” explained Harper. Harper, along with George Lewis, the Sierra Leone Coordinator, have collaborated on the planning of the contest since 2007. Recently, the duo have also been working with the community of Bureh on the planning of the Surf Sierra Leone contest.


While surfing is the main attraction, the contest will be held alongside a body boarding exhibition, surf development clinics, film screenings, and a musical festival featuring world-renowned artists such as The Roots, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Just A Band, and several other international and local acts.





“It is very important that this invitational surf series begins in Sierra Leone,” stated ASI’s Director of Communications, Imani Wilmot. “Surfing is a sport that heals, and I believe that working together we can begin the healing process for many of the kids in Sierra Leone who are still affected by the country’s past.


“Sierra Leone sees great waves, good accommodations, and some of the warmest, friendliest people in the world; and Bureh Beach has long had its roots in the sport of surfing. Bureh Beach is home to the Bureh Beach Surf Club, which strives to ensure the continued development of youngsters in the sport.”


ASI has partnered with organizations such as the Zen Village Resort at Bureh Beach, which has contributed to solving energy problems by supplying solar panels and facilitating sustainable secondary education accommodations for the youths at Bureh Beach. The surfers will also come together to lend a hand in erecting the structure and promote the sport of surfing as a means of empowering youngsters, particularly young girls.


For more information on this event or to find out about sponsorship and media/press opportunities visit or contact ASI’s Director of Communications, Imani Wilmot, at




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