Lebanon's O.G. Surfboard Shaper
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because surfing and entrepreneurship don’t solely belong to California.
By Charlotte Buchen
Part of an OZY original video series From Beirut, With Love.
Although people have been catching waves along Lebanon’s coast since the 1970s, Paul Abbas may have the distinction of being the only surfboard shaper in the country. When the avid surfer realized all the surfboards he loved were made outside Lebanon, he saw an opening. After countless hours spent watching YouTube videos, asking questions in online forums, and good old-fashioned trial and error, Abbas developed his own style — and his own following of Beirutis looking for homegrown boards to ride their homegrown waves.
Additional video and editing by Elie Khadra.
- Charlotte Buchen, Charlotte Buchen is a filmmaker who recently returned from living in Qatar to join OZY's video department. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Current TV, Newsweek.com and PBS FRONTLINE/World. She loves the ocean, a good story and live music. Follow Charlotte Buchen on TwitterContact Charlotte Buchen