Film: A surfer girl is “Making Waves” in Morocco

Oumaima Erhali is a 17-year-old Moroccan woman determined to surf. She believes surfing and Islam can walk together in harmony. "Making Waves" is a very interesting eight- minute surf film. The young Oumaima is part of a generation that is pushing boundaries. Oumaima won’t let stereotypes hold her back from the sport she loves. Morocco is a very traditional society, and one rarely sees women participating in water sports. But, the Moroccan society is changing. The young woman feels entirely free to express herself and do the things she wants to do. Namely surfing! “Being a Muslim comes from the heart, I like surfing because it makes me happy”, she says. Hopefully, the video will open a new chapter for aspiring surfer girls in the beautiful beaches of Morocco.

 

The incredible story of a 62-year-old snowboarder

Just GO by Patrik Paulínyi, is a short documentary portrait of 62 years old Milos Kmetko from Slovakia. Kmetko finds himself doing things that adults in his age group don’t generally do.As a result he discovers his passion for snowboarding. later in life. An incredibly inspiring short film proving that everything is possible. Click here to watch Milos ride an listen him to talk about his passion.

 

 “I cannot imagine that I would be sitting at home or gardening like the typical retiree.” – Milos Kmetko

A movie you have to catch: Into the sea

The 52-minute French film Into the sea, directed  by Marion Poizeau, takes a serious look at the role of surfing in society and positive cultural change around the world. In this film, receiving its world premiere at the London Surf Film Festival this week, Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton travels to Iran, taking to the water in a hijab, to become according to the film’s producers the first woman to surf there. Her aim was  to introduce surfing to the women of Iran. The idea came from a pioneering sportswomen from Iran who were excited by the possibility of learning to surf in their own country. Click here to watch the trailer

Adventuring into the heart of Africa

Enjoy this 4min trailer by Benjamin Jordan. The documentary The Boy who flies is about a young man in Malaui- Godfrey Masauli-  that risks everything to become the first Malawian paraglider pilot. 

 

Since taking to the skies, Godfrey has become a local hero. He travels  to schools around his country and shares his story of achieving what he thought was an impossible dream. Inspired by the impact of his work, members of the international flying and instructing communities have joined hands to to take Godfrey's dream to the next level - The School of Dreams: A self-sustaining paragliding community in Malawi, focused on education in free-flight and personal development. Click here for more information.

Children are taught about the art of free flight.

A young tailor recycles non-flyable paragliders into practical bags, kites, hammocks etc.

Diamond of the Desert

In this arid African Desert, one fifth of all the diamonds in the world exist. They were so common at one point that the locals could walk across the dunes on a full moon and spot them shimmering from a far. Koa Smith + Alex Smith, Travis Smith and Dylan Goodale went to this rumored place and found a diamond of their own. This diamond, buried deep in Namibia, has been pouring out gems all season. Sit back and enjoy!

Surfing in Papua New Guinea

"I wanted to tell a story that could be more universal, mixing in a surf competition with anthropological elements.” says the director of multi-award winning documentary Splinters Adam Pesce. Splinters  is a documentary which explores the emerging indigenous surf scene in Papua New Guinea.

London Surf/Film Festival is hosting a special screening of Splinters followed by a Q&A with Andy Able, president of Surfing Association PNG and Chris Hines MBE, former director of Surfers Against Sewage,  on Wednesday, May 28  at 7.30pm, Riverside Studios, London.

Click here to read more or watch the trailer

Film tour for ocean lovers

All the ocean lovers will have the opportunity to share their passion for the sea in  the Ocean Film Tour. Choosing the motto 'Adventure. Action. Ocean Life' the Ocean Film Tour shows the best films about ocean adventures, water sports action and sea life films of the year. The tour started  a month ago but is being extended due to its success. It will take place in Germany in 6th and 11th of May and in the Netherlands in 7th, 8t and 9th of May. For more information click here 

The photo is taken from Ocean Film Tour facebook page

Body vs Mind

"No one completes the race via his body but via his mind. The verb ''endure'' is not a physical verb, it' s a spiritual one".
The ultra-marathon runner Yiannis Kouros  speaks about his endurance and his life.