Afghan Surf Championship

Behind the scenes at the first-ever Afghan Surf Championship.

A look behind the scenes at the first-ever Afghan surf championships is what you see in the second part of my photo-documentary of a wonderful time in Portugal. For WRAA, one of the main goals besides creating a platform for Afghan wave riders to share their joy in the sport of surfing was to present the beauty of Afghanistan and its people to the public by offering a wide range of workshops in Afghan traditions. It was truly an inspiring experience to participate in this unique effort of cultural exchange. Thanks to all the amazing people that have made this whole event such a warm-hearted and cheerful celebration! I am already looking forward to our next encounter. Afghan surfing rules! :-)

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Afghan Surf Championship

Afghan Surf Championship

A year ago my friend Afridun Amu told me about his plans to found an surf association for Afghanistan and to hold the first-ever Afghan surf championships. I was instantly enthusiastic about the idea: An event that could actually help to create some completely different and most of all positive news of a country which in our media is generally only related to war and terror – that sounded great! I immediately offered my support as a photographer if the event was ever to take place. Well now, almost one year after our conversation it actually did take place and I was right in the middle of it :-) Here is the first part of my photo documentary:

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My final wave in Sri Lanka was captured by a drone! I love it :-) For a longer version and also some photos follow the link to our fun surf trip to Sri Lanka.

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Surfing Sri Lanka

Surfing Sri Lanka

Es gibt wohl keinen besseren Ort, um zum ersten Mal eine neue GoPro Kamera auszuführen als in den türkisblauen Wellen von Sri Lanka :-) Doch ich bin offensichtlich nicht der einzige mit dieser Idee. Bei meiner allerletzten Welle unseres Surftrips sehe ich wie plötzlich direkt über meinem Kopf eine Drohne hinweg fliegt! Die Piloten und ihre ganze lustige Truppe aus Colombo treffe ich glücklicherweise später am Strand und finde heraus, dass sie tatsächlich zum Spaß ein paar Aufnahmen damit gemacht haben. Und so komme ich zur Feier des Tages neben einem Sonnenuntergangsbier zum Abschluss noch zu ein paar einzigartigen Luftaufnahmen. Ich freue mich :-) Hier seht ihr die passenden Surf Fotos und vor allem das Drohnen Video:

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Sri Lanka Wildlife

Sri Lanka Wildlife

In case you ever wondered how many elephants fit into one whale, Sri Lanka is a good place to find out. Here you can get up close to both of the world’s largest living beings. In fact, Mirissa on the south coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to go whale-watching around this time of the year. You can see them all: blue whales, fin whales, orcas – you name them!

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Sunrise.

Sun and Surfing in the Indian Ocean – without any e-mails, telephone calls and far away from the cold, snow and miserable weather in Europe – this is the one and only plan for my little winter escape in Sri Lanka. Of course I didn’t leave without my camera. So welcome to some these first impressions of this wonderful place:

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Kelimutu

Mission accomplished!

I have arrived. At the end of a long and unforgettable journey, I am standing here in “Ende”, the same wonderful place that has once already marked the turning point of one of my most memorable and epic adventures. Eight years ago we tried to travel from Germany to Australia without a plane. We didn`t quite make it but in the end we could not have asked for a better and more worthy place to finish this trip, other than here in the heart of Flores – the flower of Indonesia – here in Ende.

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