Japanese Surfers Risk Their Lives to Surf Near the Fukushima Nuclear Zone via NextShark

Despite warnings of radioactivity in the area, surfers still visit Tairatoyoma beach, once a popular surf spot. While documenting decontamination efforts in the abandoned towns, photographer Eric Lafforgue, sighted the surfers in the water.

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Surfers, wearing nothing but their wetsuits, stay in the water for hours at a time and sometimes swallow it too.

Meanwhile, men on the beach are continuing their tedious work of removing sand bags labeled as radioactive waste. Lafforgue said:

“They [surfers] say their passion is bigger than the risks and the truth will only be known in 20 years.” 

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