• Mohammed Abu Jayab, gestures to his daughter as he walks from his home in Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza.Mohammed Abu Jayab, gestures to his daughter as he walks from his home in Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza.
  • Mahmoud Alryashi, makes repairs to his surfboard at his home in Gaza City. Nearly all of the surfboards in Gaza have been donated from the outside.Mahmoud Alryashi, makes repairs to his surfboard at his home in Gaza City. Nearly all of the surfboards in Gaza have been donated from the outside.
  • Mohammed Abu Jayab teaches his son to surf, at his home in Shati Refugee Camp.Mohammed Abu Jayab teaches his son to surf, at his home in Shati Refugee Camp.
  • Surfers, Ahmed Abu Hassira, Mohammed Abu Jayab, Kahlil Alhassani, and Mahmoud Bakeat, ride in a taxi to the beach in Gaza City.Surfers, Ahmed Abu Hassira, Mohammed Abu Jayab, Kahlil Alhassani, and Mahmoud Bakeat, ride in a taxi to the beach in Gaza City.
  • Surfers melt candles onto their boards before going to surf off Gaza City. Surf materials like wax are impossible to find in Gaza.Surfers melt candles onto their boards before going to surf off Gaza City. Surf materials like wax are impossible to find in Gaza.
  • Ali Ayrhim walks along Sheik Khazdien beach with his surfboard, in Gaza City.Ali Ayrhim walks along Sheik Khazdien beach with his surfboard, in Gaza City.
  • A Hamas policeman and lifeguards (some of whom are surfers) watch bathers from a lifeguard tower at Sheik Khazdien beach in Gaza City.A Hamas policeman and lifeguards (some of whom are surfers) watch bathers from a lifeguard tower at Sheik Khazdien beach in Gaza City.
  • A surfer enters the Mediterranean Sea, at Gaza City.A surfer enters the Mediterranean Sea, at Gaza City.
  • Asam Abo A’ase and Amer Al Dous enter the sea from Gaza City.Asam Abo A’ase and Amer Al Dous enter the sea from Gaza City.
  • Mahmoud Alyrashi paddles out through the waves on edge of Gaza City.Mahmoud Alyrashi paddles out through the waves on edge of Gaza City.
  • Ali Ayrhim paddles out from Gaza City.Ali Ayrhim paddles out from Gaza City.
  • 16 year-old Amer Al Dous paddles out to sea from Gaza City.16 year-old Amer Al Dous paddles out to sea from Gaza City.
  • Horses and their owners take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea off Gaza City. The sea is a much needed distraction from the struggles of daily life in Gaza.Horses and their owners take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea off Gaza City. The sea is a much needed distraction from the struggles of daily life in Gaza.
  • Surfing brothers, Mahmoud and Yusef Alryashi paddle into the Mediterranean Sea off Gaza City.Surfing brothers, Mahmoud and Yusef Alryashi paddle into the Mediterranean Sea off Gaza City.
  • Ibrahim Alamassi breaks through the surf off Gaza City. Surfing offers a means of escape in the blockaded territory.Ibrahim Alamassi breaks through the surf off Gaza City. Surfing offers a means of escape in the blockaded territory.
  • Awad Hania, brusts through the surf while paddling out to sea from Gaza City.Awad Hania, brusts through the surf while paddling out to sea from Gaza City.
  • Sabah Abo Ghanem, 11, and Kholoud Abo Ghanem, 10, look to the horizon off Gaza City. The girls are cousins and together with their two sisters they represent the only female surfers in Gaza, borrowing surfboards when they can.Sabah Abo Ghanem, 11, and Kholoud Abo Ghanem, 10, look to the horizon off Gaza City. The girls are cousins and together with their two sisters they represent the only female surfers in Gaza, borrowing surfboards when they can.
  • Momen Abo A’ase, 13, battles with the sea as he practises surfing, Gaza City.Momen Abo A’ase, 13, battles with the sea as he practises surfing, Gaza City.
  • As the last of the light fades Mohammed Abu Jayab paddles through the surf in the hope of one final wave, Gaza City.As the last of the light fades Mohammed Abu Jayab paddles through the surf in the hope of one final wave, Gaza City.
  • Mohammed Shamalak paddles out to sea from Gaza City. Leaving Gaza has become extremely difficult since the Israeli blockade began in 2007.Mohammed Shamalak paddles out to sea from Gaza City. Leaving Gaza has become extremely difficult since the Israeli blockade began in 2007.
  • One of Gaza’s youngest surfers, Mahmoud Bakeat, 13, battles with the waves while paddling out.One of Gaza’s youngest surfers, Mahmoud Bakeat, 13, battles with the waves while paddling out.
  • Surfers ride a wave off the shore from Gaza City.Surfers ride a wave off the shore from Gaza City.
  • Surfing on edge of Gaza City.Surfing on edge of Gaza City.
  • Mohammed Abu Jayab rides a wave at Gaza City.Mohammed Abu Jayab rides a wave at Gaza City.
  • Mahmoud Alyrashi rides a wave off Gaza City.Mahmoud Alyrashi rides a wave off Gaza City.
  • A surfer rides a wave towards Gaza City.A surfer rides a wave towards Gaza City.
  • Gaza’s Mediterranean coastline, seen from Gaza City.Gaza’s Mediterranean coastline, seen from Gaza City.