Ride Waves – Surf Life!
An inspiring film that will empower your personal life by connecting you with the power of the ocean and sharpen the awareness to protect this life essential resource.
Passion can overcome limits – even when things are really tough.
Let me take you on my journey! I’m Bettina from Hamburg, Germany and I want to encourage everybody to live their dreams with a documentary which shows all ups and downs. And furthermore, include other stories of inspirational people.
There was a time, when I lost my dreams. But giving up was not an option. In November 2018 I had the chance of a lifetime to participate at the Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Worldchampionships. Living “landlocked” in Hamburg, being tiny, an amateur and over 50 – impossible? No – it is never too late to live your dream. I dreamt big, felt deep, climbed up and used the challenging energy to propel it into something better.
With my story and the story of other people who overcame hardship, I will give everybody a great inspiration on how we can use nature as a teacher to discover and empower our inner strength to live life more fully.
And how valuable the ocean is – worth to protect as a powerful resource. A beautiful place, where you can feel like you matter…. and overcome everything.
Make your dream come true – no matter how many obstacles there are – getting stronger – that is what I experience and want to share in this documentary. Against all odds, it shows that we’re more powerful, when we empower each other. And one thing is for sure:
JUST GO FOR IT
cause Betty would definitely go!
The Making of
We started the production of the documentary in May 2018 as we also needed footage for our awesome teaser. We produced this to push our crowdfunding on KICKSTARTER. The success of the campaign in autumn 2018 was an important milestone for us to finance big parts of this heart-project.
We traveled to several spots in Germany, Denmark and also to China due to my participation at the SUP Worldchampionships on beautiful Hainan island, which will play a key-role in the documentary. We met awesome people from all over the world and got some great interviews, e.g. with multiple SUP Worldchampions Casper Steinfath and Sonni Hönscheid. Further we got interesting insights on nature & culture. We still have great ideas on content we are working on hard now to realize.
Our documentary is planned to be released by summer 2019.
Here are some impressions of our journey …
Why creating this documentary?
I’m just a 151 cm tall pocket-sized powerhouse, a surfer, a mother and an entrepreneur who despite a few rounds in the ring with depression have defied all odds and at age 50 got a ticket for her first SUP Worldchampionships.
Not only have I done this but that was the reason to make this documentary now – about my journey, through both the ups and downs – to share how surfing has been my life coaching tool both socially and psychologically.
With this attitude of FLOW LIVING I always LOVE to empower others. So, when I spoke to my filmmaker-friend Andrea, she was also hooked on the idea to share the story and the idea of making a movie came up. An authentic, life inspiring documentary for everyone.
In this connection, we also want to highly empower the message of SAVE THE OCEAN – the most wonderful & important resource for our planets life !
We’ll make this documentary with people who have worked on world-class documentaries and filming projects. So as you can see in our campaign video, we have the highest expectation in our production quality and storytelling. We want you to come out of watching this documentary not only uplifted by the story, but also visually pleased of the beautiful journey we took you through.
Bettina Kohl – Executive Producer
Andrea Hausstätter – Creative Director & Producer
Susanne Stampf-Sedlitzky – Creative Consultant
Kim Schiedeck – Edit & Graphics
Bettina Kohl – Producer
Bettina is a professional Feng Shui Consultant, marketing-expert and ocean-lover living with her family in Hamburg, Germany. She loves stand up paddling and … she had a dream. Her big goal was to compete at the SUP Worldchampionships in China 2018 and to produce this documentary.
In 2017 she failed, due to the tragic suicide of her lovely mom. After an emotional-roller coaster she qualified for the event 2018 by winning 2nd place at German SUP Wave Championships in 2017.
Back on track she goes for her dreams even stronger. Even, going through the ups and downs of life she was always the kind of person, that doesn’t give up. Who tries – with positive and powerful energy – to follow the ways life is unfolding.
Her mantra is “Do whatever is good for you”.
Andrea Hausstätter – Filmmaker
Andrea is a Hamburg based filmmaker, director, writer and producer who’s passionate about good stories and visions in films. Her love and ambition for the ocean shows on some international documentaries called ”100 Years of California Beach Culture“ or „Hawaii – Magic & Sublime“.
She also has been the creative director on several TV shows, commercial and web videos. For over a decade, she produced not only feature documentaries but also films that made a change for each one of us, like her award winning fundraiser film for severely handicapped children or violence against children.
Support us & Join our Ride
We are producing this documentary more or less on our own, so we are still looking for great supporters! We have fantastic ideas we want to get alive and we have a high demand on quality. Finally, the more budget we get the more quality we can deliver and the better we can distribute the film finally. We are highly encouraged to get this valuable heart-project flying – TOGETHER WITH YOU!
We have been already several times with our project in TV, radio and newspaper. Find all in the MEDIA-section. And if you are also interested in a great interview just contact us!
Save the Ocean Ambassador
We are excited that Bettina is now ambassador of CLEANWAVE – an awesome non profit organisation and social movement that sets out to create awareness about single-use plastic waste and provides alternatives to single use plastic water bottle consumption.
Join the movement – “Ride the wave towards a plastic free world”
If you are interested in our project – whether your are just curious, a journalist or would love to contribute – just connect with us. WE ARE HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU!
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