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Zara was kidnapped and imprisoned by the Iranian government for her activism. The ocean helped her find a path toward belonging after fleeing her homeland.

Zara Noruzi was born an upper middle class girl with political subversion in her blood. She lived through the devastating war between Iraq and Iran. At university she wrote feminist articles and participated in student protests, begging for answers about why women were being denied basic human rights after the regime change.

Zara detailed her experiences in her memoir My Life As a Traitor.

In Episode 7 of The Waterpeople Podcast, she  picks up where her memoir left off -- with discovering surfing and how it has subsequently shaped her life.

Zara's is a story of youthful idealism, no-apologies activism, and the power of surfing to bring us back to ourselves.

It is a story about the pure and enduring power of the ocean to heal.


Listen with Lauren L. Hill & Dave Rastovich

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