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Doc Lounge: FinnSurf

Aleksi Raij: FinnSurf
(Finland, 2011)
60 min • English subtitles

Glassy waves, swaying palm trees, shorts and bikinis, a dream of a careless lifestyle somewhere far and warm spring to mind when you think of surfing. But how does this image fit in with that of Finland?

You are covered with frost and it is snowing. A few minus degrees are multiplied by the freezing onshore wind blowing at 30 m/s. A man changes into a 6 mm wetsuit in the heavy storm, and heads towards the roaring waves. The temperature of the seawater is close to zero. It's freezing outside. What the hell...?

FinnSurf is the world's first Finnish surf film. It's a freezing, and at the same time warm documentary of surfboarding in Finland and some other places. It's a film about true love and a larger than life passion. Escaping boring life and not regretting it later. Winning your fears. Aiming for balance, peace of mind and harmony. Living in a world, where the life is dream and dream is everyday life.

FinnSurf tells the story of five Finnish surfers. Everyone has their own point of view on surfing, Finland and surfing in Finland.

Ilosaari Lounge Ilosaarirock Festival Lounge is where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the festival for a while and recharge your batteries. The Lounge is hosted by the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences and the University of Eastern Finland.

The music-free zone offers an opportunity to have a cup of coffee and watch the finest documentaries and short films from Finland and abroad, listen to artists' interviews and see the bands at the Sue Stage on the silver screen. The Lounge also features a free WLAN and a number of surprises by the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences and the University of Eastern Finland.

The films in the Lounge are by courtesy of Doc Lounge, Future Shorts and Rokumentti Rock Film Festival.

North Karelia University of Applied SciencesUniversity of Eastern Finland

Aleksi Raij: FinnSurf