When Doing Good Meets Crashing Waves
Nasima Atker, Bangladesh’s first female competitive surfer know what it is like to be without. And now she knows what it is like to have her own surfboard.
After various trials and tribulations struggling just to make it out into the ocean to surf, Nasima has been granted her very own surf board emblazoned with her moniker. She exclaimed, “Now everyone will know this board is mine!” when she received the generous donation.
Her surfboard benefactor- Good People, a brand that upholds it’s promise to join the “Good” with the “People.” Their motto is “Go big and do good!” And that mission was a success during this particular trip to Cox’s Bazar.
Nasima is not like most surfer girls her age. At barely 18-years-old, she has left her disapproving husband to move into her own place. With not much to her name, she now has a board to call her own. And with her name set firmly in the fiberglass, odds are no one will be taking it away from her any time soon.
Not that she won’t share her new gift. Nasima is most grateful for the surfboard because of how it helps further unite the surfing community at Cox’s Bazar. She was excited at sharing the board with her fellow surfers- the boys and the young girls now following in her footsteps.
At a recent trip to San Martin island, Nasima shared her board with everyone who wanted to use it. No one was denied access to the board. And to someone like myself who has never even touched a board, it was refreshing to learn how to surf in the Bay of Bengal with her beautiful new ride.
Written by Molly Celaschi