The two winners of the first Afghan surf championship are spending a week on the French Atlantic Coast together with surfers from Gaza and Israel to promote surfing as a tool for mutual understanding and peace.
From 10.10.-18.10.2015, Afridun Amu and Sohal Behmanesh from the Wave Riding Association of Afghanistan (WRAA) are participating in the 3rd Surfing 4 Peace Summit in Hossegor, France that is taking place alongside the Quicksilver Pro Tour.
Surfing 4 Peace was founded in 2007 by surf pioneer Dorian Paskowitz and former Israeli skate champion Arthur Rashkovan with the aim to bridge cultural and political barriers between surfers in the Middle East. It has evolved into an organization that initiates and implements unique cooperative projects, events, and campaigns based around surfing and beach culture with an emphasis on coexistence, cross-cultural dialogue, and the shared surfing experience.
“People who surf together, can live together.” - Dorian Paskowitz
WRAA was founded in 2012. Since 2014 it is an official member of the International Surfing Ascociation (ISA) and acknowledged by the Afghan government. Members of WRAA will participate in the 2016 ISA world games for the first time in history.