Surfing Yemeni-style: riding irrigation channel barefoot

Surfing Yemeni-style: kids ride barefoot down ancient irrigation channels. Photo is a screen grab
Surfing Yemeni-style: kids ride barefoot down ancient irrigation channels. Photo is a screen grab

Soccer is the No. 1 sport in Yemen, but in the town of Jibla in the southwestern part of the country, the kids discovered a new sport—surfing barefoot in the ancient irrigation channels.

Video “From the land of the Queen of Sheba” was posted in 2007 and resurfaced Sunday on Liveleak, so we have no way of knowing whether this unique practice of surfing Yemeni-style continues to this day.

TheCandyTrail.com, a site that details amazing places, originally posted the video and we thought we’d share it here:

As you can see, the kids remove their sandals and ride the slippery, narrow waterway. One would think the wipeouts have to be horrific.

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