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A river surfing session in sacred Maori waves

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The Māori believe that land and water are two different worlds. With that in mind, Finian Vogel decided to film a short that blends surfing and the indigenous Polynesian culture.

“The idea was conceived over a year ago when I asked the editor of the non-profit magazine ‘Riverbreak’ if he knew any river waves on New Zealand’s South Island,” explains filmmaker Finian Vogel.

“I had previously made some films on the river surfing scene in Munich and, while living in New Zealand, I wanted to see if there were any river waves in the country. He linked me up with a few riders and we starting discussing when I would come down to film.”

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