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Women Take On Big-Wave Surfing, Once The Domain Of Men, At Mavericks

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Sabah Abu Ghanim (right), began surfing at age 5 in the Mediterranean off the coast of the Gaza Strip. She was taught by her father, Rajab Abu Ghanim (left). But now that she's 17 and has graduated from high school, Sabah's parents have arranged a marriage and told her it's time to quit surfing. Here, father and daughter pose at home with a secondhand surfboard Rajab bought for the the family. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Gaza's Surfer Girl Hangs Up Her Board — And Not By Choice

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It took a team of delighted friends and family to help Florida engineer Matt Bellina (center) get back on his surfboard this summer after his severe spinal injury. The result? "I feel like I'm home," Bellina said. Courtesy of Diane Wehrell-Grabowski hide caption

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

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They're not just surfing for fun. Youngsters in Cape Town's Waves for Change are facing mental health problems. With the help of a surfing mentor and a counselor, they can learn how to cope. Anders Kelto/NPR hide caption

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If Everybody Had An Ocean, Could We Surf Our Way To Mental Health?

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A team from Honolulu, which included Jamie O'Brien of Hawaii's North Shore, won this week's surfing competition, held on one of the world's two biggest tidal bores, located in Hangzhou, China. The other is in the Amazon. Courtesy of Wabsono hide caption

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Riding The 'Silver Dragon,' Surfers Tame China's 10-Foot River Waves

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John Hernandez of Kailua, Hawaii, who owns John's Fresh Fish, is shown on Thursday. In the background at right is a container ship owned by Matson Navigation Co. A pipe maintained by the company cracked and caused the molasses spill. Eugene Tanner/AP hide caption

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