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Scene from KEEP SURFING (photo © Bjoern Richie Lob)

KEEP SURFING tells the story of an unlikely passion in a place that a large part of the world only knows as Oktoberfest City. Munich, the town of beer drinkers and pretzel lovers, has become the home of a surfing crowd of urban individualists who pursue their dream of happiness by riding a river wave far from the ocean.

KEEP SURFING portrays six surfers, 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 on the island of Sardinia. 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 and global nomad.

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 Layne Beachley 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.
Genre Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Bjoern Richie Lob
Screenplay Benjamin Quabeck, Bjoern Richie Lob
Cinematography Lars R. Liebold, Bjoern Richie Lob
Benjamin Quabeck
Philip Stegers
Producers Bjoern Richie Lob, Tobias N. Siebert
Production Company Pipeline Pictures & mdts/Munich, in co-production with DIE BASISberlin/Berlin
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Munich 2009, Tribeca 2010, Rio de Janeiro 2010, Warsaw 2010, Hawaii International Film Festival 2010, San Sebastian Surf Film Festival 2010
Awards Audience Award Munich 2009, Audience Award Warsaw 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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