• Alpha Berry

    NAME ::: Alpha Berry        COUNTRY ::: Sierra Leone

    Introduction

    My name is Alpha Berry. I’m living in Burry town and I’m 20 years old. I’m a surfer, I work in Burry Beach surf club and we are the first surfers in Sierra Leone.

    I was nine years old when my father passed away. I now only live with my mum and my brother and sister. We are four in the family. So I come from a poor family like most here. I decided to start surfing and now I hope it will benefit my family. I was 13 years old when I started surfing.

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    What is most important to you?

    I think surfing is the most important thing in my life. It is the first sport I ever did. And it made me popular everywhere. It’s my biggest joy in my life.

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    What has influenced you the most in your life?

    I think surfing is the best thing in my life. It changed everything. It made me different, it changed my standard of living. Before I lived with my parents, now I live here. It makes me feel comfortable and makes my life feel easy.

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    What has been an important turning point in your life?

    I think surfing again was my biggest turning point, to start with it. It changed me a lot and my life. When I was working before, things were rough, but this was a huge opportunity to change things and improve my life.

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    What makes you happy?

    Surfing makes me feel happy. I played football, but I think surfing has so much more to it. When I go out and I feel I improve and it takes my worries away. And now it even gives me some money out of it, what helps me with supporting my family.

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    What are you personally proud of?

    I think I feel proud when I get out and I feel I improve with my surfing and when I see how we build the surf club up now.

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    What have been the biggest struggles in your life?

    I must say that I never faced real struggles in my live. It wasn’t easy always, but I never had any big problems, even when we were poor. And since I started surfing life is good to me.

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    What would you change in your life, if you could change something?

    I would not change anything. I live a happy life and I hope that surfing will make me a strong man. The surf club was a big improvement for me and I would not change that for anything.

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    What do you wish for your own future?

    I think my dreams for the future are all around what I want to achieve and how hard I want to work for it. I think it is a lot about the surf club and that future generations will join the club and benefit from it. I hope it could be an important force for the community.

    And here is a little short film we made about Alpha Berry and the Bureh Beach Boys, the first surfers of Sierra Leone: