Gazan surfers stage championship despite blockade

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The Palestinian Sailing and Rowing Federation staged on Wednesday the first-ever surfing competition off Gaza’s beach. Surfers in Gaza lack international-grade surfboards and often use antiquated gear. The surfers are calling on their community to support their efforts in obtaining new equipment. Organizers say they aim to encourage wave-catching sport despite the hardships felt by residents of the strip. The young athletes look forward to participating in international championships in the future and the chance to surf with more experienced wave riders from other countries to upgrade their skills.

 

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