God Went Surfing With The Devil

Since the year 2000, over 4,300 Palestinian and 1,000 Israeli lives have been claimed by the escalating conflict in the region. The situation grew markedly worse in 2006, when Israel responded to the election of Hamas by sealing off the borders, ending the free-flow of people and goods. Palestinian militants reacted to the siege by targeting Israel's civilian population with deadly rocket strikes; the Israeli Army countered with air strikes, targeting militants but often claiming the lives of innocent residents.

In 2007 it emerged that a small group of young men were surfing in Gaza, sharing battered surfboards they had attained prior to the siege. Word traveled north to Israel, and that same year, a mixed group of Israelis and Americans delivered a dozen boards to their Palestinian counterparts.

In the spring of 2008, they would attempt to deliver another 23 surfboards into Gaza. By this time the situation in Gaza had deteriorated further, the border still sealed, with military activity a near daily occurrence.

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Chris Waring

Local surfer Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA), 22, won the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge presented by Primo, an ASP Specialty Event, in an action packed final to assist in claiming the win for team Reef today in solid four-to-six foot (2 metre) surf at North Huntington Beach Pier.

The Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge not only awards the individual winner, but also crowns the best overall performance put together by the four-man teams.

Waring battled back to claim his first Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge victory after local talent Brad Ettinger (Huntington Beach, CA), 25, posted the event’s only perfect 10-point ride with a lengthy barrel into the pier. Waring found a barrel of his own to claim a 9.53 out of 10, and quickly followed up with a 6.50 to overtake the goofy-footer, holding on for the win despite a valiant effort by Ettinger to bounce back.

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Maxime Huscenot

Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17, and Laura Enever (AUS), 18, have claimed their respective ASP World Junior Titles, dominating the punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at North Narrabeen for the final day of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy.

Huscenot, who received entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships as an ASP International wildcard, wowed spectators and surfers alike today, besting an in-form Jadson Andre (BRA), 19, in the hard-fought Final to claim the ASP World Junior Title.

“This is the biggest day of my life and it’s absolutely unbelievable,” Huscenot said. “It feels like I just won a heat, not the ASP World Title – it’s incredible. Jadson (Andre) is an amazing surfer and the whole Brazilian team rips so hard. I cannot believe it is my day. I am at a loss for words.”

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