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Here comes the sum­mer

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TRAVEL LE­BANON

For travel ideas for the sum­mer in Le­banon, make a bee­line to the Travel Le­banon event, held si­mul­ta­ne­ously with The Gar­den Show & Spring Fes­ti­val (the-gar­den­show.com) on 24-28 May, at Beirut Hip­po­drome. Ex­hibitors from around the coun­try will be present to show­case the beau­ti­ful ru­ral des­ti­na­tions and stun­ning land­scapes on of­fer. Meet tra­di­tional crafts­peo­ple, lo­cal co­op­er­a­tives and associations, food pro­duc­ers and re­gional mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to get deep in­side the var­ied cul­ture and tra­di­tions around the coun­try; then plan your sum­mer ex­plor­ing the wealth on of­fer at home.

SUN, SEA AND SURF

Take a break from beach bronz­ing and im­merse your­self in Le­banon’s surf cul­ture. Over the last few years, an ac­tive com­mu­nity has de­vel­oped with surf schools and pas­sion­ate surfers up and down the coun­try of­fer­ing lessons. North Le­banon of­ten has the ideal weather and waves for surf­ing. Board ‘n’ Surf (03 734601, 03 283413, C-flow Beach Re­sort, Jbeil) is the first surf school in Jbeil and of­fers ev­ery­thing from surf lessons to stand up pad­dle, even yoga ses­sions out at sea on the board. Board ‘n’ Surf founders Karim Flouti and An­dre Dargham are ex­pe­ri­enced surfers who in­struct chil­dren, teens and adults. “We are keen to teach skills and ex­per­tise and to share our pas­sion for surf­ing,” says Dargham. Flouti in­sists that while he wants his stu­dents to have fun, safety is a high pri­or­ity. “We pro­vide a safe en­vi­ron­ment com­bined with thor­ough safety guide­lines to start en­joy­ing surf­ing stress free,” says Flouti. And if you’re a stressed out par­ent dread­ing the long sum­mer hol­i­days, you’ll be happy to hear of Board ‘n’ Surf’s sum­mer camp in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Boud­dha Club for all lev­els. Look­ing for a board to call your own? Check out the work of Paul Ab­bas, Le­banon’s first surf­board shaper at P.A. Surf­boards (03 947256, P.A. boards, thesurf­board­pro­ject.com). From his work­shop in Bouar, the pas­sion­ate surfer hand­crafts beau­ti­ful surf­boards for the coun­try’s grow­ing surf com­mu­nity.

For lessons in wind­surf­ing, get in touch with Samer Abi Saab (70 090048, LL25,000 per ses­sion, LL15,000 with in­struc­tor), who in­structs at White Beach, Ba­troun. “I have been teach­ing wind­surf­ing for the last 10 years. It be­came a pas­sion to let other peo­ple share the rush be­hind this great wa­ter sport,” he says.

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