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I wouldn't complain Greg if they used the money we give them for fun or improving the life's of their subjugated subjects, but they don't know the meaning of the word and spend our money on Rolls and Rolexes and use the change repressing people and supplying thugs with guns. No Muhammad doesn't surf ! and that's no Myth. hehehe

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For some Australian Muslims, surf's up




CRONULLA, Australia: As a teenager growing up in a Sydney suburb, Mecca Laalaa never felt anything but Australian, even though she was for the most part unable to engage in the most quintessential of Australian pastimes: swimming at the beach. "Restricted by my clothing," Laalaa explained.

She is a Muslim and has voluntarily worn the burqa, the traditional head-to- toe covering for Islamic women, since she was 14 years old.

It is hard to swim, she said, if your body is swathed in cotton, which is heavy when wet.

Now, in what few Australians could have imagined a year ago, Laalaa, a vivacious 20-year-old, is a Surf Life Saver, as volunteer lifeguards here are known, lured to the beach by a new outreach program for Australia's Muslims, her clothing quandary solved by a novel fashion, the burquini.

The program, "On the Same Wave," was started a year ago by the nonprofit group that organizes the volunteers, Surf Life Saving Australia, along with the Federal Ministry of Immigration and the local council.

The outreach was the response to an ugly episode of riots on Cronulla Beach, some 32 kilometers, or 20 miles, south of central Sydney, in December 2005, when skinheads and neo-Nazis, many drunk and with racial epithets painted on their bodies and T-shirts, bashed Lebanese men.

Since this occurred after similar riots in Britain, many here and abroad wondered if Australia was next in line for a wave of unrest in its Muslim community. Among Australia's population of more than 20 million, there are fewer than half a million Muslims, most of them in Sydney and Melbourne.

At home, the riots set off a round of soul searching and left many asking if the violence reflected an underlying racism in their society.

"On the Same Wave" was intended to promote cultural understanding in Australia, introduce people from minority groups — Chinese, Somalis, Sudanese — to beach culture and safety and, above all, to increase and diversify the membership of Surf Life Saving, said Vanessa Brown, director of membership for Surf Life.

It has also challenged the public perception of a virtually sacred Australian icon — the Surf Life Saver — as someone who is always blonde, blue- eyed and sun-bronzed.

"It's a stereotype that's accurate," said Suzie Stollznow, diversity manager for Surf Life Saving New South Wales.

Under the program, 22 young men and women, from 14 to 40 years old and including a woman with three small children, signed up to become Surf Life Savers.

Most were ethnic Lebanese, but there were also a Palestinian, a Syrian and a Libyan.

"But all proudly Australian," said one, Suheil Damouny. "It's important to mention that."

Like most Muslim immigrants here, Damouny, a 20-year-old sportswriter at The Torch, a weekly newspaper, does not like to be referred to by ethnicity.

His grandparents fled from Palestine in 1948 and moved to Lebanon, then to the United Arab Emirates, where he lived until he moved to Australia seven years ago. He considers himself Australian.

Damouny said his friends could not understand why he wanted to be a Life Saver, especially in Cronulla. And they did not think he could pass the rigorous eight-week course. "But I did," he said proudly.

Seventeen finished; one woman dropped out after making the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, and coming back in full burqa.

"The hardest was getting used to that big, ugly thing," said Damouny, nodding to where a yellow surfboard with the red letters "Surf Rescue" waited to be paddled out in an emergency. "It is quite heavy."

One requirement was to be able to pull an unconscious swimmer onto the surfboard and then get him to shore, "through massive waves," Damouny continued.

Laalaa fractured her nose when she was trying to paddle out through the crashing surf and the board reared up and kicked back into her. She also twisted both ankles, she said.

"I have black and blue bruises all over my body," she said. "But I'd do it all over again," she said exuberantly.

She admits that she was an unlikely candidate. "I'm a girly-girl," she said. "I like to walk on the street in high heels."

But Laalaa said one reason she joined the program was to educate Australians about Muslims.

"They don't think Muslim women swim," she said. "Or do anything," she quickly added with a laugh.

When people see women wearing the veil, she continued, they think they are oppressed. "I am not oppressed," she said. "I do have my own mouth. I am educated. I do make my own decisions."

For some Australian Muslims, surf's up - International Herald Tribune
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It looks like FTL has a lot of sucking to do, I hope he can MODify his approach!
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He already modified his approach, see 'K Vining'
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[QUOTE=Jakarta Expat;2884869]Keep trying Vonny, you will get it right sometime..............but then again the IHT could be lying.........

Oh dear you haven't lived in Oz have you ! 'Surf rescue' is not surfing it is using a large over size board as a float to get to downers, again it's not surfing ! again it's not surfing !Ya learning here ? And as for those Lebanese men, go back a report to find out why they were attacked , fuck me ! I would have just shot them, not beaten them, fucking scum.
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Oh dear you haven't lived in Oz have you ! 'Surf rescue' is not surfing it is using a large over size board as a float to get to downers, again it's not surfing ! again it's not surfing !Ya learning here ? And as for those Lebanese men, go back a report to find out why they were attacked , fuck me ! I would have just shot them, not beaten them, fucking scum.

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