We went, Tal and
me to visit her country, Israel. It was a Family
trip and also an opportunity to meet the riders from this
side of this world.
Me in Jerusalem front of the Western
Tel Aviv, South, pretty beach break...
Tel Aviv... really good kite spot
with side shore wind and pretty waves... looks like
France, my home
spot in Lacanau (Bordeaux)
Dead Sea, unique moment... I flied
It was my dream to sleep in Kibbutz...
Masada, a main page of Jewish's history
Sea of Galilee
The State of Israel is a country in the
Western Asian Levant, on the southeastern edge of the Mediterranean
Sea. It borders Lebanon on the north, Syria and Jordan on
the east, and Egypt on the south-west.
Israel declared its
independence in 1948. With a diverse population currently
exceeding seven million citizens of primarily Jewish background
and religion, it is the world's only Jewish state. Jerusalem
is the capital city and seat of government. Israel is the
only country in the Middle East considered to be a liberal
democracy, having a broad array of political rights and civil
liberties present. In addition, Israel is considered the
most advanced in the region in terms of economic competition,
business regulations, freedom of the press, and overall human
During this unique trip in Israel,
Haifa, Krayot, Moshav Ramot...
Thanks to its unique elements of nature, life and quality
of life at the Living Dead Sea are unlike any other place
in the world. The only place on the globe where the crust
of planet Earth recedes to an "in-depth low" of
minus 416 meters below sea level,
Masada: The cliffs on the east edge of Masada are about 1,300
feet high, dropping off to the Dead Sea, and the cliffs on
the west are about 300 feet high; the natural approaches
to the cliff top are very difficult. The top of the plateau
is flat and rhomboid-shaped, about 1,800 by 900 feet. There
was a casemate wall around the top of the plateau totaling
4,300 feet long and 12 foot thick with many towers, and the
fortress included storehouses, barracks, an armory, the palace,
and cisterns that were refilled by rainwater. Three narrow,
winding paths led from below to fortified gates.
"City of David": The biblical City of David
was situated on the southern slope of Mount Moriah, outside
today's Old City wall. Under King Solomon the city was
extended northward and included Mount Moriah. David chose
Jerusalem as his capital primarily for geopolitical reasons.
The bringing of the Ark of the Covenant to the city made
it the Israelites' exclusive national, religious, and administrative
Solomon had the lateral valley separating
the city from Mount Moriah filled in. This "miloh" (infill)
area, as it was known, became the site of many new palaces,
while the Temple was built on the summit of Mount Moriah.
The city's major point of vulnerability the fact that its
water sources lay outside was removed on the eve of the
Assyrian siege of 701 BCE by the digging of Hezekiah's
of Galilee: Also known as Bahr Tubariya, Ginnosar,
Lake of Galilee, Lake of Gennesaret, Lake of Gennesar,
Sea of Chinnereth, Sea of Chinneroth, Sea of Kinnereth,
Sea of Tiberias, Lake of Tiberias, Waters of Gennesaret,
Much of the ministry of Jesus Christ, and numerous of His
miracles (see Miracles Of Jesus Christ) took place in the
area of the Sea of Galilee.
From the fishermen of the Sea of Galilee
came at least four of The Twelve Apostles - Peter, Andrew,
James and John. Jesus stilled the raging storm on the Sea
of Galilee that was about to swamp their boat. Jesus, and
Peter to a limited extent, walked on the water there. Near
its shores Jesus fed the five thousand men, women and children
from the miraculous multiplication of five loaves of bread
and two fish. Mary of Magdala, the first human to see and
speak with the Savior after His resurrection, was from the
town of Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.
It was my first time in this Israel so
charged of history and energy.... I will come back, so many
things to see and breath...
Tel aviv, Kitesurfing & surfing spot
Israel has approximately 190KM stretch of
beaches along the Mediterranean; many of them offer good
surfing. Some of the best surfing spots are actually outside
of Tel Aviv, in the north and south of the country. Good
surfing exists in Bat Yam (meaning "daughter of the
sea"), a bit south of Tel Aviv and further south in
Ashdod and Ashkelon. To the North, Hertzlia, Netanya, and
the open beaches of Beit Yanai and Michmoret all offer good
wave riding. Further north, Haifa has some excellent surfing
spots, especially Bat Galim.
Tel Aviv, situated along the beach at the
eastern shores of the Mediterranean, offers surfing all year-round.
Though water temperature gets cool at winter with lows reaching
14 degrees Celsius, winter usually offers the best swells
if you are an experienced surfer.
Wave height – the wave's height at medium-surfing days ranges 0.5 – 1M (2-3.5 feet). On many days the
morning swell offers the best surf with no wind, so the waves
are breaking long and perfect. It is recommended to wake
up early and get to the beach at 6-7AM. Don't worry, you
won't be alone….In good surfing days you will find
others in the water at dawn.
Later, at 8-9 the perfect swell tends to get ruined and
the swell can get a little chaotic with waves breaking shorter
and in a messier manner.
On high swells, the waves can get as high as 2-3 Meters.
This usually happens in fall and winter, and sometimes at
spring. This is time for the more able and experienced surfers
to come out to the scene.
Tel Aviv's good kitesurfing and surfing spots tend to get very crowded during
weekends, when the surf is up. During weekdays at a good
swell, they will also get crowded, especially in the early
mornings when many working surfers come to enjoy the swell
before their day at the office. They may also be back surfing
after a day at the office. Naturally, summer is the busiest
season at the surf line.
I would like to thank all the Tal's Family
for their amazing welcome and love they gave me during this
trip with Tal.
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