Israel's beaches are international hotspots for surfing
Named one of the top surf cities, Tel Aviv's warm waves beckon boogie boarders and long boarders alike.
From beautiful sunset views and free Wi-Fi hot spots to inventive mini-library beach carts and the gritty competition of the Israman race, Israeli beaches have a little something for everyone. But the gorgeous waves that crest up and down those beaches are the star attraction.
Named by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the world, Tel Aviv’s hot beaches and warm waves make it a haven for boogie boarders and long boarders alike. Even kite surfers and windsurfers love to get in on the action.
Participants compete in the Israel Youth Championship of Yacht and Windsurfing in April 2012 in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Igor Shootov/Shutterstock)
Unlike many surf-heavy beaches throughout the world, Israel's beaches are mostly free of dangerous sharks and slimy seaweed, providing a veritable playground for the surfers who visit the country looking to catch a wave. It has turned the Israeli beaches into international hotspots for those who know how to hang 10.
From Hilton Beach in Tel Aviv to places like Zvulun Beach in Herzliya, chances are good that there's a perfect wave crashing somewhere in Israel that someone on a flat, waxed board is taking advantage of year-round.
Israel is also where local surfboard maker Hani Ovadia shapes, sands and sells his masterpieces. Ovadia is one of the most renowned independent board-crafters in the world. But it’s not all fun and games for Ovadia, who gives back by being a part of Resurf, a nonprofit organization that recycles old surfboards and donates them to underprivileged children around the world.
See how Hani creates and shapes one of his sought-after surfboards:
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