• Short Summary

    THE LEBANESE SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN OR NEAR THE SEA.BEIRUT, THE CAPITAL, LIES?

  • Description

    THE LEBANESE SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN OR NEAR THE SEA.BEIRUT, THE CAPITAL, LIES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA - AND SWIMMING AND OTHER WATER SPORTS ARE POSSIBLE FOR MANY MONTHS EACH YEAR.A VETERAN SWIMMER AND LIFE GUARD FROM BEIRUT, BAHIGE ZUHAIRI, IS SHORTLY COMING TO EUROPE TO TRY TO CROSS THE CHANNEL BOTH WAYS ON A PADDLE-BOARD.MEANWHILE ANOTHER LEBANESE SWIMMER IS PRACTISING A NEW TYPE OF SURFING.IN THE ABSENCE OF THE OCEAN BREAKERS USED BY THE SUFFERS OF AUSTRALIA AND HAWAII, HE USES THE WAKE OF A MOTOR-BOAT TO CARRY HIM ACROSS THE HARBOUR.

    BAHIGE ZUHAIRI IS AN EXPERT ON PADDLE-BOARDS.HE CONSIDERS THAT HIS TWO-WAY CROSSING OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE EASIEST ADVENTURES HE HAS EMBARKED UPON.BUT, AS IT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE, HE INTENDS TO MAKE THE CROSSING.

    ON PREVIOUS PADDLE-BOAR FEATS HE CLAIMS HE HAS NOT EVEN GOT HIS SWIMMING TRUNKS WET.A YEAR AGO HE PADDLED FROM BEIRUT TO FAMAGUSTA, IN CYPRUS - A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 160 MILES (260 KILOMETRES).THE MOTOR BOAR ACCOMPANYING HIM GOT LOST DURING THE NIGHT BEFORE HE REACHED FAMAGUSTA.ZUHAIRI, HOWEVER, PADDLED CONFIDENTLY INTO FAMAGUSTA AND GAVE THE ALARM.

    ONE OF ZUHAIRI'S COUNTRYMEN, EDDE ARIDA, IS ANOTHER COMPETENT SWIMMER.HE ENJOYS LESS STRENUOUS, BUT OFTEN NO LESS SPECTACULAR PASTIMES.

    HIS LATEST CRAZE IS SURF-BOARDING.BUT BEIRUT'S BEACH BEACHES ARE RARELY POUNDED BY THE HUGE SEA BREAKERS NECESSARY TO REAL SURFING.SO ARIDA RIDES BEHIND A MOTOR-BOAT.AT FIRST HE IS CONNECTED TO IT BY A TOW-ROPE.BUT AS THE WAS RISES HE LETS GO THE TOW AND CURIES ALONG ON THE WAKE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA207QTZNDH7U9MK3QRWC2ESO3R
    Media URN:
    VLVA207QTZNDH7U9MK3QRWC2ESO3R
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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