By Deepa Fernandes via https://www.usatoday.com
On a crisp winter morning at California’s Santa Monica State Beach, Khadjou Sambe is running through a warm-up drill with her surfing coach Rhonda Harper.
After the 23-year-old finishes her stretches, she moves slowly towards the water. It’s one of Sambe’s last days in the US. Her six-month visa is about to expire and she will head back to her home in Dakar, Senegal. Sambe has been training with Harper in California with the hopes of eventually competing in the 2020 Olympics, the first time that surfing will be part of the Summer Games.
For Sambe, the vibe at Santa Monica is a novelty, quite unlike her beach back home.
“[Here] you can see different surfers, different waves, different people,” Sambe says.
Yet at this world-famous beach, on this Sunday morning, Harper, Sambe and another …