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SPORTS . ADVENTURE

Keep Surfing

90’ (GER, ENG subs)
A fascinating look at Munich's legendary river-surfing community, a group of six very different characters who all share a passion for going against the flow.

Keep Surfing tells the story of an unlikely passion in a place that is widely known as Oktoberfest City. Munich, the town of beer drinkers and pretzel lovers, has become home to a surfing crowd who pursue happiness by riding river waves far from the ocean; by going against the flow they have found their place in life.

"Keep Surfing" portrays six surfers of the Eisbach hardcore, who master the river waves while pursuing their own individual goals in life. Among the older guys is Dieter "The Eater," who was among the first to discover river surfing in the late 60s and still rides the waves every day with his two grown daughters; and Walter, the "janitor of the Eisbach," a working-class philosopher who discovered a way to keep the wave surging for 24 hours a day and who now lives as a kind of lone wolf and didgeridoo maker near a small beach in Sardinia, where he rides his own wave every day. Belonging to the younger generation is golden boy Quirin Rohleder, who started riding the Munich river wave on a boogie board and has become a surf pro living and global nomad – even though his heart still beats for Munich, especially when he returns to the wave where everything started.

Among the foreigners who joined the local community is surf punk Eli Mack, for whom river surfing is a way back to the roots of surfing and to a better self. But also surf legends like Kelly Slater, Ross Clark Jones and Taylor Knox have tried their luck on the Munich river wave.

"Keep Surfing" is an ode to individual freedom and to the people who've achieved happiness on a river wave, where they can go against the flow and find their place in life.

Awards
Filmfest Munich 2009 Audience Award
International Filmfestival Warsaw 2010 Audience Award
Video Champion - the German Home Entertainment "Oscar" for DVD and Blu-Ray in the category Special Interest

Original Title: Keep Surfing
Year: 2009
Length: 90’ (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Bjoern Richie Lob
Produced by: pipelinepictures, DIE BASISberlin
Brochure: 133247.pdf

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