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An African Surf Documentary

Touching base in Africa

An epic filming trip starts with a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea.
The beginnings of Beyond – An African Surf Documentary

Photos by Felix Gänsicke / binsurfen.de
Text by Andreas Jaritz

We are sitting on that ferry. Trapped by the sea. Two days of open water. Interrupted only by one stop in Barcelona. Beautiful Barcelona with its famous Las Ramblas. No big deal, just a short stop. Cars are rolling on the ferry, some are rolling off. Rolling off to discover Cataluña’s capital. A couple of hours later the ferry leaves the Mediterranean metropolis starting the cruise’s second leg. Destination: Tangier, the Moroccan city that was the yearning place for a whole generation of artists. Some of them were famous writers like Truman Capote. Capote who tells the story of a young man entering a gay bar in the Medina of Tangier. That was back in the 70s I guess. Unfortunately Tangier will just be our roll off port. It’s not on our shooting list. At the morning of the second

day on sea we spot Morocco’s rugged Mediterranean coast from the top deck of the ferry. It’s a foggy day. A chilly breeze welcomes us to Morocco.  Spain’s coast becomes a thin line in the mist behind us. The ferry navigates through the Strait of Gibraltar. A stretch of open water that separates two worlds which are supposed to be one. At least in our perception of how things should be. Here only 14 km separate Europe from Africa – the supposed rich from the supposed poor. Excitement makes our hearts pump faster. Shortly we will touch base in Morocco.

Standing on top of the whale-like ship with its belly full of cars this shooting trip becomes reality. Let’s start our engines.

Cue Up! Tired but excited we were waiting for the roll on.

Vanilla Sky's. For some of us it was the very first cruise on a ferry. Not bad for a first one, right?

You got a lot of time to kill when you are caught on a ferry for two days. The boys are still having fun.

Killing time Nr. 2

Killing Time Nr. 3.

Killing Time Nr. 4. Cabine Play. Equipment check.

Rolling off...

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