Israelis love surfing - and when I say surfing I mean buying surfboards, surfing shorts and wax, and then complaining that there are never good waves around here. This beach just below the deserted and soon-to-be-demolished dolphinarium offers surfing lessons, board rentals and a nice store with very young and friendly staff that will turn you into a surfer, even if only for an hour or so. It's actually not a bad place to learn the sport - the waves are gentle, the water is warm and the no-longer-so-new craze of Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a very good way to be introduced to the ocean. Two clubs will compete for your dollars: Galim and The Israeli Surf Club. Both are professional and prices are the same. The latter is closer to the water and a little more posh. On any given weekday it's probably the best place to start the day. The regulars here have their coffee and then hit the water with a board, a SUP, a kayak or even a snorkel and a fishing gun. Do they ever work? Who supports their lifestyle? Well, that’s just one of Tel Aviv’s many mysteries.
September and October, March and April are perfect months at the beach. But in a way, it’s always perfect.
Every Friday at sunset a regular group of drummers comes together above Dolphinarium beach and plays for the sun that’s setting into the sea. If you bring along a drum they’ll be happy to add you to their circle, which usually also includes beers and a joint passing between the drummers.
Retsif Herbert Samuel 5 Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel