Most people are familiar with Dahab as a high wind, flat-water windsurfing location in Egypt with many centres up and down the beach run by highly skilled windsurfing instructors from all over the world.
But did you know that each of these centres also employ local Egyptian men who work on the beach putting equipment together and provide the rescue cover and all of the general centre maintenance. These lads get paid a very low wage most of which is sent to their families who live in the major cities and they work for months on end without a day off, choosing to take their holidays in \’one go\’ to visit their relatives.
Recently a few of these lads have taken advantage of their location and learned how to windsurf and a few of them have done extremely well.
Meet Salama Mohammed
Salama is one the nicest people you will ever meet; devoutly religious and the sort of guy who would be glad to help you with anything and ask nothing in return. Over the last few years Salo has been getting up early, staying at work after closing hours, forfeiting holiday with his family for days off in Dahab to learn how to windsurf.
At the age of 23 Salo has become a force to be reckoned with on the waters of Dahab, out-sailing even the more experienced foreign sailors. From learning to Vulcan two years ago he now regularly pulls off spock 900’s, switch ponches and even more recently double switch flakas. And all of this on second hand equipment that he has been saving hard to acquire since he first stepped on a board.
It is Salo’s dream to compete and we want to see him achieve his aspiration of being the first Egyptian competitor on the professional competition scene. He has taken the first step of obtaining a passport (not as easy as you’d think). He has the dedication, enthusiasm, commitment and drive and all he needs now is some judicious sponsorship to help him on his way. If you are not already convinced then take a look for yourself………..
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