7 January 2014
Last updated at 20:03 ET
The Bureh Beach Surf Club (BBSC) was set up last year as a non-profit enterprise that hopes to boost the sport's popularity in Sierra Leone and also to bring in jobs and revenue for the village. For now, though, it is the country's first and only surf club.
Until three years ago, Bureh's surfers were largely cut off from the global surf culture and consequently developed a distinctive Sierra Leonean style.
Many people in the village learned to surf with boards borrowed from visitors to the beach. Now the club owns a selection of donated equipment, which it rents out by the day.
Jahbez, who used to be a fisherman, was one of the original members of the club. "It wasn't easy," he says of his former career. "Sometimes you would go out all night and get no catch. This is a better life for me."
K-K is Sierra Leone's first female surfer. "The others are scared of the water," she says. "They don't know how to swim. But if you put your mind to it you can do it."
"We have a long left-hand point break that almost always has some surfable wave," says Irish surfing enthusiast Shane O'Connor, who helped set up the club. "But for 15 or 20 days of the year it's really, really good; you can get 200m rides with good barrel sections."
Currently many of the club's customers are expatriate workers living in Freetown, but Jahbez says more people are now visiting the country specifically to surf.
Peter Wessels, a Peace Corps volunteer based in Guinea, has twice come to surf at Bureh. "I love that they're doing it sustainably," he says. "It's just got a great feel, and they really take care of you." The clubs says 100% of its income stays within the community.
O'Connor says the aim is to create a national body which will help to get the next generation interested in surfing. He sees great potential in the domestic surf scene.
The club is doing well, and is attracting more surfers from Sierra Leone and abroad. "It's going to be huge," says Jahbez. There are also efforts underway to get Sierra Leone accepted as a member of the International Surfing Association.
Eleven years after the end of its civil war, Sierra Leone is still struggling to overcome its image problem abroad and revive its once thriving tourism industry. On beaches like Bureh during the week you are still likely to be the only visitor. Photography by Tommy Trenchard.