28 Feb '14, 5pm

Filmmaker Focus: @LeoMcCrea on his new documentary exploring #surfing in #liberia

Filmmaker Focus: @LeoMcCrea on his new documentary exploring #surfing in #liberia

Surfing is still a virgin scene. There is a bounty of waves here – reeling points, reefs and beachbreaks but no surf shops and nowhere to buy wax. The local boys and girls rely on the surfboards that travelling surfers leave behind, but with up to five kids sharing a board there’s not much to go around. It was this that prompted Sean and Daniel to develop a scheme where the kids can borrow surfboards, but if they damage one or break the rules (they must return the boards each night) they will have to do a community chore. This means that the kids take responsibility for the boards, which is really important so they don’t feel like it’s a free handout. Sean explains that many countries like Liberia have had aid workers in residence for so long that people get used to handouts and actually start to expect them. But to really get a community back on its feet, it’s important t...

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