Photo: Bryan Derballa
Alex Klein and Bryan Derballa travelled to Israel and Gaza to surf and experience life first-hand in the area filled with hate, tension, war but also vibrant culture and life. They are documenting their experience in a fascinating blog called God Went Surfing With The Devil, and will be coming out with an indie documentary film of the same name next year.
A sample entry from Day 8:
Had coffee with a navy commando. Discussed war and peace, surfing and politics. The men here are affable and deadly. Tried tracking down Abdullah, the leader of the surf scene in Jaffa. No one seems to know his whereabouts. The last anyone heard he was in jail. Lots of phone calls, chasing leads, waiting around. A two-hundred shekel guitar was purchased to alleviate boredom. Went to the skatepark at night, a dog got stuck in the bowl.
In other news, four Hamas gunmen were killed in gun battles today, a commander of Islamic Jihad was struck with a rocket while riding a motorcycle, two Palestinian civilians were injured when their house was struck by a tank mortar, and three Israel Defense Force soldiers were injured, including one who was shot by a sniper. Numerous Qassam rockets were fired at Sderot and the western Negev.