Chasing Adventure in the Corners of the World: Surf Liberia

Three new trips in the world's wildest places

Apr 3, 2013
Outside Magazine
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ROBERSTPORT, LIBERIA - JUNE, 2007: The beaches around Robertsport are regarded as some of the best in Liberia, along with world class surfing oportunities. During World War Two the quiet seaside town was used as a US submarine base. (Photo by Christopher Herwig)    Photo: Christopher Herwig

THE SELL: Liberia’s reputation (child soldiers, civil war) means Robertsport is uncrowded—yet stacked with 2.5 miles of some of the continent’s best left-point and beach breaks. Kwepunha Retreat, a surf lodge and school founded by two Americans, was the first to tap the waves when it opened 50 yards from the Atlantic Ocean last summer. From $75 per night all-inclusive.

THE RISK: The fighting is over, but corruption and bribery are rampant.

SKETCH FACTOR: Low. “Things have settled down,” says Richard Fahey, founder of the Liberian Energy Network. But robbery and pickpocketing persist. “There are people who will try to take advantage of you. It’s just that kind of place.”