World Wide Affair
"There will always be someone else with a different view than you."

1. Amer Al Dous, 16, and Asam Abo A’ase, 33, enter the sea from Gaza City, in the Gaza Strip. Asam uses an old windsurfing board to surf with. Nearly all of the surfboards in Gaza have been donated from outside, mainly the United States. Gaza City, Palestinian territories. July 13th 2011

2. Surfers melt candles onto their boards before going to surf. Surf materials like wax are impossible to find in Gaza so Palestinian surfers have to improvise; many use lengths of rope as leashes to attach the boards to their ankles. Gaza City, Palestinian territories. August 3rd 2011

3. Ali Ayrhim, 18, walks along the beach with his surfboard on the Gaza Strip. With almost no recreational spaces for Palestinians, the beaches offer an important release from the daily struggles of life here. Gaza City, Palestinian territories. July 29th 2011

4.Three surfers ride a wave off the shore off the Gaza Strip. Gaza City, Palestinian territories. August 5th 2011

5. Horses and their owners take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea off the Gaza Strip. The sea is a much-needed distraction from the struggles of daily life. Gaza City, Palestinian territories. July 13th 2011

6. Mahmoud Alyrashi, 21, rides a wave off the Gaza Strip. ‘We want to show the world that we are not terrorists but are peaceful people. When I surf I feel free, like a bird feels when it flies.’ Gaza City, Palestinian territories. July 12th 2011

7.Ibrahim Alamassi, 22, breaks through the surf off the Gaza Strip. Surfing offers a mean of escape from the daily struggles of life under blockade. Gaza City, Palestinian territories. June 28th 2011

8.Mohammed Abu Jayab, 38, gestures to his daughter as he walks from his home in Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip. Abu Jayab is the leader of a surf group in Gaza and one of the pioneers of the sport in the coastal enclave. Gaza City, Palestinian territories. July 31st 2011. All photos by Andrew McConnell/Panos Pictures