You thought you would know surfing, especially if you were living in Hawaii, but this movie displayed a whole new concept to the idea of riding waves. Keep Surfing is a movie that explains how people ride waves created by rivers and even though it is a different from traditional ocean surfing it still holds to the morals of friendship and enjoyment of life. A surfer’s dream may be to catch a perfect wave and ride it forever. Well these river surfers found a perpetual dream wave which you could ride for as long as you would like, until you “wiped out”. The perception of others may view these surfers as thrill seeking maniacs. However others, like myself, view these people like artists, ripping through the waves with such accuracy as if floating on air.
The movie begins in France with a couple of friends searching for a spot to surf. But what I didn’t realize was that they were going to surf in a river. Once I accepted the fact that they were surfing in the river I was surprised yet again to find them surfing an actual wave that didn’t move and allowed them to stay in the same place. Soon after these people explain all the different spots they have and how one in particular was very popular in Europe. In Munich, Germany a river named “Eisbach” or ice river is a very notable for creating the perfect wave where surfers and tourists come to watch the performance. The surfers themselves believed that they were a circus performing in different locations and presenting society a new outlook on living life with adventure.
What I found that was interesting about this film was how the director incorporated background research and actually footage about river surfing. He was able to obtain personal interviews with a variety of surfers that started their pro-surfing career with this river and also with non-local surfers who only surfed in the ocean, but were willing to attempt this new sport. These interviews allowed for the viewers to understand the mentality of these people, where they came from, and why did they choose this sport to be involved in. For one surfer in particular lived a deviant life growing up but then he came across surfing which allowed him to change his outlook on life.
I feel that this film had an excellent story to tell and also a moral lesson to learn. If people watch films like these more often they will be able to see the beauty the world has to offer. Not only just speaking of environmental beauty like the ocean or the rivers in this case but the beauty of friendship. Even though the movie presented the fact of river surfing it also tied in how it can lead to long term friendships or just meeting someone new for the first time. Sharing a common interest allow for people to escape their comfort zone and try to learn from one another. Watching this movie made me want to go out and buy a surf board and meet new people. It also taught respect of others and nature even though it wasn’t its direct intent. The people in this film were not after first place or trying to figure out who could last the longest on a wave. They were just trying to have a good time with one another. All they wanted was to ride some waves and make the best of the day. I fill that the world should make the best out of every day so that they can truly respect themselves and the people around them.
I would fully recommend this film for anyone who wishes to learn about something new in this world and also just to escape the norms of life and attempt something fun.