Nasima Akter was kicked out of her parent’s home at seven years old, but still managed to stay on her feet — a skill that has translated nicely to the sport she embraced a few years ago in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
Now eighteen years old, Akter is a pioneering surfer in a country that frowns on women swimming in public, much less riding the waves. Battling local perceptions and a disapproving husband, she became the most talented surfer from a small group of girls that practiced along one of the world’s longest stretches of beach.
THE MOST FEARLESS
Akter’s story has been chronicled by documentarian Heather Kessinger in an upcoming film entitled The Most Fearless: an Unexpected Surf Story. The Kickstarter funded project captured the past three years of surf star’s struggle to stick with the sport in the face of cultural opposition.
Akter, having developed strong swimming skills from countless hours spent in the ocean, established another first for her country of 157 million — she became it’s first (and only) trained female lifeguard.