We apologise for bringing you back to back Kickstarter related posts, but this cause, is one that we feel we have to support and involves an incredible story that has captivated us and we feel sure the Surf Report followers will appreciate. Ira Mowen is a surfer from Berlin in Germany and he needs your help to finish a documentary called “Surf Berlin -The quest for the last German wave“, a film about a perfect manmade wave that breaks just outside Berlin and is soon to be extinct.
The wave in question is created when one particular ship passes a sandbank outside of Berlin and the bow wave from the huge vessel, trundles across the sandbar at the perfect angle and forms the most sublime and beautiful peeling wave. The first problem is, although this flawless man-made wave breaks daily, it is near impossible to catch and is only really big enough to ride once a week, when all the various factors are perfect. The second is that, within a matter of weeks the ship that brings this moment of joy each day is being replaced by a boat that doesn’t create the same amount of water displacement.
Ira, who originates from Santa Cruz in California, happened across the unique wave one day and was immediately fascinated and hooked. Over the following 8 months, Ira set about studying, documenting and trying to catch the wave and it was during this time he discovered the imminent demise of the boat that caused his obsession.
More often that not, Ira would paddle out to try and catch the wave as the ship passed, but would find he was in the wrong spot, or the wave was simply not big enough, but after 150 attempts at catching the wave, he was rewarded with a perfect head high wave. The problem with bow wave surfing is you only get the one crack at the wave, if you miss it, it’s a long wait for the next one! Camping in freezing conditions and enduring long waits in the frigid waters, Ira continued to stake out the wave and document everything about the Last German Wave.
So why the Kickstarter project? Well, now Ira is trying to finish the project and finalise a film documenting his adventure and the money is needed to edit the film down to a 60 minute documentary and to employ a production crew to fill in all the gaps in the story that weren’t able to be captured by Ira when he was filming on his own.
To bring this project to completion, Ira needs to raise a total of $40 000, and without this money the Berlin bow wave, could well be lost forever and could become a distant memory and become a mere myth. Currently the funding is just short of $2000 and Ira has 24 days left to hit his target. There are loads of rewards on offer for any backers and everyone who makes a pledge will get to see the film, through online streaming. We really like this – far better than a virtual high five!
Other packages include the film on Blu-ray or DVD with either a T-Shirt, a coffee table book or poster and there is even the chance to become the Executive Producer for one lucky backer who stumps up $7500. To find out more about the man behind this project and the Kickstarter campaign, head over to Ira’s Kickstarter page here.
We have embedded the official Kickstarter pledge video below as well as a video of the wave breaking perfectly for about 45 seconds and we feel that once you have watched it, you too will share the fascination that Ira has with this wave – we do. The story is infectious.
We hope the project succeeds and hope that everyone will get behind Ira and pledge something to help, after all there aren’t many Surf documentaries you can get for just $1. Let us know what you think of this incredible story and we hope to see you at the Premier!