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Surfing arrived in Israel in 1957, when American surfer/physician Dorian Paskowitz, serving as a volunteer in the Israeli army, brought his 9'6" Hobie balsa from Hawaii to Tel Aviv. Paskowitz invited local lifeguard captain Shamai "Topsi" Kancepolsky to help recruit surfers; the two men began giving surf lessons at Hilton Beach in Tel Aviv, and soon had to import more boards from California. By ...

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