- Kadiatu Kamara known as KK, is the only female surfer in Sierra Leone
- KK was born into civil war and lived through the Ebola epidemic that ravaged her country
- She is the subject of "A Million Waves," an upcoming documentary
- "Surfing is good for us ladies," says the 19-year-old.
Kamara, known as KK, is the only female surfer at Bureh Beach, south of Freetown. In fact, she's the only female surfer in Sierra Leone.
Nineteen years old, KK was born into civil war and lived through the Ebola epidemic that ravaged her nation. But her story is not one of tragedy. Instead it's a love affair with the waves, kept afloat by a polyurethane board and no small measure of determination.
A young woman in a man's world, she's found herself part of Bureh Beach Surf Club
, a group countering sloppy misconceptions about this corner of West Africa. And on a surfboard, she's become a star in her own right.
Escaping to the ocean
KK is the subject of "A Million Waves
", an upcoming documentary short directed and shot by British filmmakers Daniel Ali and Louis Leeson. They spent time at Bureh Beach Surf Club in May after learning about KK from a couple of traveling surfers. Embedding themselves into the community, they settled on telling her story.