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Cloud 9 Surfer
Siargao Island
By Ralf Falbe
19 Feb 2016

Surfer at Cloud 9 Resort, Siargao Island, Philippines.

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Aquamermaid Academy 05
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

In February 2015, Marielle Chartier-Henault, an underwater model with a Bachelor in Business, has opened the Aquamermaid Academy where people of all ages can learn to become a mermaid.

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Aquamermaid Academy 06
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

A dozen children, mainly girls and one boy from 9 to 12, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

"It was fantastic," 11-year-old Lily said. "I swim a lot, so it's not that difficult. It's demanding, but fun, even though it feels weird to have both legs attached together."

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Aquamermaid Academy 07
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

A dozen children, mainly girls and one boy from 9 to 12, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

"It's fun because it's new and feels different from usual," nine--year-old Noemie said. "I watched the Ariel cartoon a lot."

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Aquamermaid Academy 08
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

A dozen children, mainly girls and one boy from 9 to 12, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

"I really wish I was born a siren," 11-year-old Lauriane said, "then here I was one."

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Aquamermaid Academy 09
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

A dozen children, mainly girls and one boy from 9 to 12, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 11
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 10
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Participants use a realistic mermaid tail, with a plastic monofin at the end of a tight spandex skirt. This new activity which combines a common childhood fantasy and fitness, allows students to learn everything from the basic dolphin kick to choreography.

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Aquamermaid Academy 13
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 12
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

"For me it's a little girl's dream," Veronique Gingras, 37, said. "When I was younger, I would pretend to be a mermaid in my swimming pool, so, when I heard about this and the possibility of trying to be a mermaid, I was very curious. I really enjoyed it even though it was my first time using a mono-fin. You feel all your body working, shoulders and arms especially."

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Aquamermaid Academy 03
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Two mermaids-in-training swim dive underwater at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal. This new activity which combines a common childhood fantasy and fitness, allows students to learn everything from the basic dolphin kick to choreography.

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Aquamermaid Academy 01
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 04
Borkou,Chad
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 16
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

"Since I was very little I dreamt of being a mermaid," said Elizabeth Miller, 23. "That was amazing, I really felt I was one, but it would have helped if I had been a better swimmer."

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Aquamermaid Academy 17
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 18
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 19
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 20
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Two "mermaids" pose for a photo. Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

"It's been a dream for me ever since the little mermaid came out I guess," said Jessica Palmer, 24. "It's definitely up to my standards and it didn't crush my dreams. I'm definitely planning on buying a tail and a mono-fin. I'm an artist and I made a mermaid tail sculpture, so this is kind of research. It's very challenging, you use muscles you didn't even know you had !"

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Aquamermaid Academy 15
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 14
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Around 15 wannabe mermaid, mainly female and two males from 19 to 46, enjoyed their first ever mermaid training at the Aquamermaid Academy in Montreal.

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Aquamermaid Academy 02
Montreal, Quebec
By Valerian Mazataud
07 Feb 2015

Marielle Chartier-Henault, founder of Aquamermaid, poses with her 'tail.'
In February 2015, Chartier-Henault, an underwater model with a Bachelor in Business, has opened the Aquamermaid Academy where people of all ages can learn to become a mermaid.

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Surfer
Itacarè, Bahia
By Ralf Falbe
11 Jan 2013

Brazil, Bahia, Itacarè, 11.01.2013, Surfer riding a wave.

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Amazon Delta Surfing
Pará/amazonien, Pará
By Ralf Falbe
14 Jan 2012

Brazil, Pará, Ilha Algodoal, 14.01.2012, Surfer is ripping the waves in the Amazon Delta.

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Ilha do Algodoal Surfing
Ilha do Algodoal
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jan 2012

Surfing at Ilha do Algodoal in Pará State in the Amazon Delta, Brazil.