On September 26 2011, the Blickinsfreie team together with professional surfers Ian Walsh, Gary Saavedra and Perth Standlick went on a three-week adventure through the Caucasus Eurasia with a mission to surf the Black Sea as well as Caspian Sea just north of Baku, Azerbaijan. Fusing the intentions to expose new surf territory with a fever for adventure and foreign land, our mission was to deliver a compelling story to an audience of core surf enthusiasts on a global level.
It all started when a group of us discovered a surf scene along the Black Sea in Bulgaria. Local surfers shared their idea of searching along the Black Sea for uncharted surf territory and together we formed an international crew of surfers to write, film and photograph our travels as we discover and explore the Wild East.
And as we began to map out our trip, we brainstormed for ideas on a possible route. We found surf spots in both the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, and our goal was to complete a 3000km journey to Baku, Azerbaijan, where we can surf and document waves never before shown.
3 weeks and thousands of kilometers later, the last sentences in our writers diary are:
"Perth, Gary and Ian paved the way for surfing coast lines that have potential along the Black and Caspian seas. What blindsided us was just how much we could handle the wild uncertainty of exploration. But the vision of success was always there and we would succeed. We made our documentary. We charted new surf spot that were meager, but had potential with good timing. Locals are in the best position to catch these windows of great surf. And it might never draw a global scene, but they’re not ready for it yet. Surfing these waters has a lot of room to grow, and are for the passionate adventurers only."
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Director of Photography: René Eckert / Blickinsfreie
2nd Camera: Stoil Dimitrov
Producer: René Eckert / Blickinsfreie
Editor: René Eckert / Blickinsfreie
Music: Please see movie credits