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The Mediterranean’s unlikely surf destination: Lebanon

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BY CNN

(CNN) Off the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon lies a seaside town that locals call the “7-kilometer playground.”

Known for its sandy beaches, the ancient beach town Jiyeh is a rarity along the country’s long, rocky coastline.

There, you’ll find a tight-knit surfing community. While Lebanon may not be an obvious choice as a surfing destination, its popularity is growing. Its waves are modest, but the community’s passion is strong.

“People wouldn’t believe that in the Mediterranean there is a lot of surf,” Paul Abbas tells CNN. Abbas says he is Lebanon’s only surfboard shaper.

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