I wanted to explore new parts of the world, and for me, getting to know a place means surfing there. I have surfed for years, everywhere from the eastern coast of Africa to Cuba, but I have to say that surfing in Iran was a completely different experience for me.
Britton, surrounded by local residents, demonstrates how to properly stand on a surfboard.
When I first explored Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province in 2010, I realized that nobody surfed there. I did some research and learned that the best times to surf would be between July and September, so I came back earlier this month. I had to wear an Islamic hijab, which was somewhat unwieldy.
Britton wearing her hijab.
Overall, had a very positive experience: every day, lots of people would come up and talk to me. This area is remote and rather poor, with very few tourists; the locals rarely meet foreigners. It’s a completely different world from Tehran; the culture in this province is much more traditional. And yet the people were very curious about what I was doing. I told them all about the sport and showed them the very basics: how to stand on the board, how to paddle…