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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 30, 2017 PAGE 5B i CharneleonsEye/Shutterstock.com Stand-up paddle surfing in Ashdod on the Mediterranean. Dal~y workouts for the SUP community in Israel. By Viva Sarah Pres When Ran Gaash first started stand-up paddle surf- ing some five years ago, he was able to count on one hand the number of others standing on large surfboards and propel- ling themselves forward with a paddle in the Mediterranean Sea. Today there are hundreds of stand-up paddle surfing fans in Israel--locals and tourists alike. Stand-up paddle Surfing or boarding (known as SUP) is an offshoot of surfing. A SUP board is a big surfboard with an adapted paddle that meshes elements ofsurfingwith kaya- king. It is considered one of thefastest-growing sports in the world. The local scene is mirroring the global one. "The SUP scene is growing from year toyear in Israel. If at the beginning each beach had five to 10 stand-up paddlers, today you can see between 100 and 200 SUP enthusiasts in the same water space," Gaash tells ISRAEL21c. Israel, it would seem, is a SUP paradise. "Israel is an ideal place to SUP because we have access By Judy Appleton Jewish Pavilion Program Manager Summer in Florida can be uncomfortable for many of us, but for the senior's it can be quite dangerous and life- threatening. Here are a few tips that both the elderly and their caregivers can benefit from and be safe. Keeping hydrated. Se- niors lose their ability to conserve water as they age and are more susceptible to dehydration than others. Often they are unaware of their thirst and/or they may have a harder time adjusting to the Red Sea, Sea of Galilee, A sport for everyone Mediterranean Sea, Dead "What's so nice about SUP Sea and Jordan River," says isthatitisamixtureofsports Dana Inbar, an instructor and for everyone," says Orian, and co-owner of Supaway in 24. "You can do it from age six Michmoret. to 80. Everyone can connect. "Israel offers unique places It's an easy activity." for SUP fans," Inbar, 48, who is Indeed, SUP is considered marriedtoOlympianwindsurf- one of the easiest outdoor erAmitInbar, tellsISRAEL21c, recreational activities to try. "The Mediterranean Sea has "SUP is something every- great weather all year. The one can do. It is so popular Dead Sea has extraordinary because within an hour, you views that you can only see can already do it. After fotr from out in the water and, as lessons, you're already ind,- it is the lowest point on Earth, pendent," says Inbar. offers a truly unique paddling Inbar, Orian and others feeling and overall amazing around Israel run daily work- experience. The Sea of Galilee outs for the SUP community. is great for a twilight SUP tour "It's aerobic, anaerobic; on fiat water. The Red Sea lets it's a sport that you don't get you SUP over coral reefs. And tired of," says Inbar. "Every the Jordan River offers white- day, I'm on the water with a water SUP and takes people to smile. It's more than just a places you can't usually access sport with cardio and core from land." toning. It is something in Being able to experience nature, fun, friendly, and Israel a bit differently is O-he p rty. It's even rnedi tT e. of ShirOrian'smainmessages And that's why people love for why people should SUP. it and why it's growing all "Whenyougoouttothewater the time." on a paddleboard, you can see In addition to providing a a360degreeviewofEilat.You full-body workout, SUP puts can see the corals from above youinarelaxing environment and that is really amazing," onthewater.As such, SUP has says the manager/instructor offshootslike SUP Pilatesand at Eilat Island. 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Mosquito and bug loose-fitting clothes are best repellent will help reduce the and often cotton is preferred risk of contracting viruses. "SUP yoga is an amazing combination of SUP and yoga," says Orian, who leads SUP yoga classes in Eilat, Weather permitting. "The water is a great place to do yoga--even better than in a studio. Out on the water, we can hear our breaths, enjoy the amazing nature around us and just let go." SUP in Israel The water sport has a weird history, drawing from numer- ous cultures. Some sources say that SUP originated in Africa, where it is common for locals to stand on their canoes when paddling. Others put the beginning of the sport in 1940s Hawaii, where surfers used extra-long boards to paddle through the waves. Even Tel Aviv features in the history of present-day SUP. Israeli lifeguards would stand on a board-boat hybrid, known as a hasehkeh, and paddle up to swimmers in distress. For the most part, however, today's trend probably started in Hawaii in the 1990s. By the early 2000s, surfers were switching over to the new sport and there weye even contests taking place. Gaash, a surfer since age five, represents Israel unof- ficially at paddling contests around the world. He won first place in open races at the Pacific Paddle Games in 2015 and 2016. "I have a sticker of the Israeli flag on my board and I'm Very proud to say that I'm from Israel," the 34-year-old tells ISRAEL21c. Gaash helps organize lo- cal SUP events and contests and brings international SUP athletes to Israel annually. In 2016, he brought Australian pro SUP racer Trevor Tun- nington to compete in the Zazik Race SUP Pro event in Tel Aviv. Though Israel is not a main stopover for SUP activity or competitions just yet, the great year-round weather and water options could make Israel a SUP paradise. "In December or January, there aren't many places to go for SUP. But you can come to Eilat. 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