THE SURF SCHOOL
At the Biscay coast of France, a group of unlikely surfers is attempting to become just that. Young Germans attend a surf school, hoping to learn how to surf in just two weeks, whatever the weather or circumstances.
A stereotypical surfer would confront the sea with his board in perfect solitude, whilst watching the more experienced surfers ride waves. Rather than following this 'authentic' route, the participants of the summer camp prefer to pay for a service where everything is structured and pre-planned for them.
Why do these young people prefer this safer way of learning? Is it for the group? Is it because of its effectiveness?
Having a surfer image is fashionable. This documentary tries to understand surfing lifestyle and the reasons for acquiring it. It explores the need for a structured way of learning to surf, and to be part of a herd.
The documentary follows a group of new 'students' 24 hours a day. Twelve days on, they will return to Germany, where they won't be able to surf, even if they managed to learn it.