Hof HaTzuk – Meetings in the Sea

Photographer Shmulik Livyatan captures the swimmers, surfers and sailors of Tel Aviv’s Hof HaTzuk, a cliffside beach whose geological formation is unique in the world.

Cliff Beach, also known as Tzuk Beach (Hof HaTzuk) is Tel Aviv’s northernmost beach and a year-round favorite location for swimming, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing and — because of the ridge over looking the sea — paragliding as well.

Made of kurkar, a type of calcareous sandstone, the ridges that run along Israel’s coastline — actually fossilized sea sand dunes — are unique in the world. Hof HaTzuk is Tel Aviv’s last remaining kurkar cliff.

Photographer Shmulik Livyatan is one of a group of confirmed swimmers who come almost daily, winter and summer, rain or shine,  to Hof HaTzuk. For two years, he has photographed the people he meets on the beach and — by employing a waterproof camera — in the water as well.

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The results of his efforts are the subject of a new exhibition, Tzuk Beach – Meetings in the Sea, at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.

“One can observe the aesthetics, body language, and the use of light which is not visible from the shore,” writes curator Kineret Palti

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“In the water, Livyatan meets individual swimmers, swimming classes with an instructor, SUP surfers, people rowing in kayaks, sailboats, fishing boats, and of course – the sea, the sky, and the horizon.”

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More Hof HaTzuk images by Livyatan are available on his Facebook page.

For an amazing overhead view of the ridge and coastline, check out this video by videographer Ran Shiftan.

About Rachel Neiman

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel has been part of the ISRAEL21c organization since 2008. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, part of an international running and drinking disorganization.