A short chat with pioneering UAE surfer Mo Rahma is all you need to appreciate how much he loves his sport. Although for him, calling surfing a sport doesn’t do it justice.
“Surfing is more than just a sport,” Rahma says in the video above (provided by Abu Dhabi Sports Council). “It’s a lifestyle, and that’s what I love about it.”
“It incorporates all my life. It’s my stress releaser, my place to go and zone out, and clear my mind from all the stress.”
Part of that lifestyle for Rahma includes an intense training routine, and he also credits meditation and yoga for helping him develop and improve his surfing ability.
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While the UAE may not be famous for its big swells, Rahma makes the most of the facilities available to him in the country, and trains at the wavepool Wadi Adventure in Al Ain,
“Meditation is a big key,” he explains. “It makes my mind clear. Yoga is amazing. it gives you mobility, it gives you strength.
“I also train with a friend to do surf-specific training, and I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my surfing.”
Rahma, who is the UAE’s first international competitive surfer, paid tribute to the local surfing culture, calling the community in the UAE “absolutely amazing”.
It’s that appreciation of UAE’s budding surf scene that is motivating Rahma to do his best and inspire the next generation of young surfers.
“My core idea of pushing myself to the limit is to establish a new generation that can take over,” he says. “Hopefully they can compete and hopefully we can find the next champion of the UAE.”
— World Surf League (@wsl) March 6, 2017
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FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP UAE 2017
Ongoing until Saturday, December 16
Real Madrid arrive in the UAE for their mouthwatering semi-final clash against Al Jazira on Wednesday at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi (9pm kick-off), with the winners of that contest facing either Gremio or Pachuca in Saturday night’s showpiece at the same venue (9pm).
Earlier on Saturday, the match for third place (6pm) will be contested in the capital.
DUBAI WORLD SUPERSERIES FINALS
Thursday, December 13 to Saturday, December 16
The BWF World Superseries finale once again takes place in Dubai as the world’s best badminton players battle it out to end their season on the biggest high.
Defending champions Viktor Axelsen and Tai Tzu Ying will be in action at Hamdan Sports Complex while Indian star P. V. Sindhu is sure to draw in the crowds.
T10 CRICKET LEAGUE
Thursday, December 14 to Sunday, December 17
The inaugural T10 Cricket League kicks-off in Sharjah, with it being the first time the 10-over format has been played.
The likes of Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan and Dwayne Bravo will be some of the stars in action in Sharjah, while the likes of Wasim Akram and Virender Sehwag add legendary touches to respected teams as mentors, coaches and icon players.
Spread over four days, the tournament boasts a knockout format with six teams competing.
AROUND THE WORLD CHARITY PADDLE 2017
Friday, December 15
Head to Sunset Beach to watch the UAE’s largest paddle event, now running in its ninth year.
With over 120 paddlers, the non-competitive gathering sees people paddle in and around the Nakheel World Islands – all in aid of raising funds for UAE Red Crescent.
DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN, 10KM AND 3KM
Saturday, December 16
Held at The Sevens Stadium, round off your year of running on a flat, traffic-free road course! Perfect for achieving a personal best!
WADI ADVENTURE RACE
Saturday, December 16
The 14th edition of the popular race returns as participants take on either the testing 5km route, challenging 10km or gruelling 15km obstacle course!
JLL TRIATHLON SERIES 2017/2018 – RACE 1
Saturday, December 16
Round off your 2017 with a triathlon race at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort Hotel as the first JLL tri event of the series takes place.
After swimming, cycling and running across various distances, enjoy a well-earned breakfast, as part of the race package, with fellow competitors post-race!