Unlike Senegal, the transition to independence was not as peaceful for the Ivory Coast. Up until 2011, the country suffered from several civil wars and internal conflicts, however the situation is now much more stable as numerous UN and French Peacekeepers oversee the transition to a stable democracy. The country is unfortunately difficult to access for North Americans, as the only direct flights originate in South Africa and a handful of European and North African nations. However, on the plus side, the country’s roads are some of the best in Africa, and getting around the country once you manage to get in is quick and efficient for Africa (though the occasional police or military checkpoint will ask for small bribes, like much of Africa). The food is great too, with delicious fried chicken, fish and plantains. Other activities other than catching the surf is hiking and climbing Mount Nienokoue, 250 metres tall, through the rainforest with a plethora of exotic animals to view. It is said on a clear day you can see all the way to Liberia. So, despite the difficulty in accessibility, minor problems typical of Sub-Saharan Africa (petty bribes, petty crime etc.), The Cote d’Ivoire will reward you for your efforts; Surfing the spectacular and largely unknown (to Westerners) waves of Assini.