Photo of the Day: Surf's Up for the Ladies of Gaza

Nov 5, 2010
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
Nothing unusual about a girl on a surfboard, right? (Photo: Reuters Pictures)

Just a 13-year-old girl on a surfboard—nothing remarkable here. Right?

What makes this photo great is where the girl is surfing. Shorouq Abu Ghanem isn't hanging 10 in Southern California or Florida. That's the Mediterranean Sea kicking up behind her. Shorouq is Palestinian, and her favorite surf spot is off the coast of Gaza City.

Yup. The strip's got Hamas, a blockade, wrenching poverty. And surfer girls. 

Reuters introduces Shorouq, her sister and their lifeguard father, and shows how surfing gives the girls an escape from their troubled reality and the conservative constraints of Gaza society.

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