Surf club in Cox’s Bazar

In October I had a blast hanging out with the Cox’s Bazar Lifesaving Surfing Club. They’re a great group of guys and gal who surf together and teach other residents and underprivileged kids to surf and save lives.

ablog181 Shahadat Hosen poses for a photograph in his home on October 23, 2013 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar is the world’s longest natural sandy sea beach. The Cox’s Bazar Lifesaving Surfing Club, founded in 2010 by Shahadat Hosen, is comprised of 8 good friends who hang out and surf together. They give surfing and swimming lessons to foreigners and local residents, including underpriviliged children. Once a year they train local residents and the Bangladeshi Coast Guard on lifeguarding and CPR. ‘We do it because we see potential to give back to the community’ says Hosen.

ablog182 Shahadat Hosen high fives a friend while eating dinner with member of the Cox’s Bazar Lifesaving Surfing Club in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

ablog183 ablog184 Shahadat Hosen, 12 year old Yonus Ali, and Kamrul Hasan sit on the beach before surfing in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

ablog185 12 year old Yonus Ali walks into the water on October 22, 2013 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. 12 year old Yonus Ali was taken in by the surf club’s founder’s family, Shahadat Hosen, because his mother is no longer able to take care of him. He met the surfers after he dropped out of school and started hanging out at the beach. They saw his talent and excitment for surfing and took him in as part of their group.

ablog186 ablog187 Nassima Akter (L) , Kamal Alamin, and 12 year old Yonus Ali (R) are seen on the beach after surfing on October 22, 2013 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. When Nassima was 13 years old she was homeless, sleeping on the beach at night. She saw people surfind in the water and quickly joined them, learning the sport very quickly. As she got older, locals in the conservative community gave her and her friends a hard time, saying that it was inappropriate and against the muslim religion for women to surf. She is recently seperated from her husband, who was beating her during their constant arguments over her surfing. 12 year old Yonus Ali was taken in by the surf club’s founder’s family, Shahadat Hosen, because his mother is no longer able to take care of him. He met the surfers after he dropped out of school and started hanging out at the beach. They saw his talent and excitment for surfing and took him in as part of their group.

ablog188 Members of the The Cox’s Bazar Lifesaving Surfing Club play pool in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

ablog189Kamrul Hasan repairs his surfboard in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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