Eight-time world surfing champion tries waters off Tel Aviv

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October 19, 2007 21:25

Israel's shores may not have the same size waves to offer as Australia but eight-time surfing champion Kelly Slater tested the Mediterranean waters Friday in a visit to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace. Slater, an American of Syrian descent, was visiting Israel for three days to join activities of the groups "Surfing for Peace" and "One Voice." An 86-year-old Jewish member of Surfing for Peace, Dorian Paskowitz, asked Slater to come to Israel to promote the group's efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together through the sport, said his son, David. "My father asked him if he was ready to be not only great surfer but a great man as well," David Paskowitz said.


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