THE MOTOR-SURFER

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Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.

Friday

The Thin Blue Line - Surfing with terrorist

Jesse Aizenstat poses in southern Lebanon, near the Blue Line divide with Israel. Standing in front of a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas leader Khaled Mashal. The US classifies both groups as terrorist organizations.


I stumbled upon this story while browsing the endless spew of diatribe that pollutes our media outlets. I have always taken great pride in being a self-proclaimed ambassador of Sea, one of Poseidon's minions and a devout follower of the ways taught by other Aquatic Naturalists (see: Gerry Lopez, Rastavich, Malloy brothers, Yvon Chouinard, Jim Moriarty, etc...). There have been a few stories of how the sea (surfing in particular) can melt away cultural, religious and other detrimental prejudices or differences - Like the section in Step Into Liquid (I think) in which the Malloys brings together Irish children from different sides of the ever-battling Catholic & Protestant divide and they all become friends and live happily ever after... Anyways here is another relatively inspiring individual who has found that surfing has brought together people from the longest, most well known and violent collision of religious and geo-political conflict.
Surfers on both sides of UN-demarcated Blue Line between northern Israel and Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon have a burning question: How are the waves on the other side?
Last summer, Californian Jesse Aizenstat , embarked on a trip to Isreal and Lebanon, searching for waves and looking for new perspectives on the region's conflicts.
“As a surfer, you’re always looking for new spots,” says Mr. Aizenstat. “I noticed that there was a question that both surfers in Lebanon and Israel had: What kind of coast is on the other side of the Blue Line?”
The Blue Line refers to the seperating Israel’s from southern Lebanon. Obviously surfers from either side don't cross the line... Despite travel restrictions, Aizenstat was determined to hear stories from surfers on both sides of the line, uniting them through a common interest across their political, cultural, and geographical divides. While Israel has a developed somewhat of a surf scene, in Lebanon the majority of surfboards reside on the walls of themed restaurants as decoration. In the Israeli city of Haifa, Aizenstat met a close-knit group of surfers – made up of both Arabs and Jews, some of whom have been friends since childhood – leading him to view surfing as a potential medium for mediation and understanding in the region.“Most of the Palestinians and Jews don’t mix,” he says. "But through surfing, people are, at the very least, civil – some even good friends, best friends” bound by the sea.
Article From the Christian Science Monitor

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