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A Young Moroccan Woman's Journey to Become a Surfer

Dec 29, 2015 | 681 videos
Video by AJ+

Oumaima Erhali is a 17-year-old who loves to surf. In this short film, Making Waves, she tells the story of how before her brother died in in 2008, he brought her out into the ocean and introduced her to the sport. She’s been riding waves off the beaches of Morocco ever since. Despite the support she receives from her family, Erhali still feels pressured by cultural expectations—but she’s determined not to let those tensions hold her back from the sport she loves or the life she wants to lead.

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Author: Greyson Korhonen

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