Afridun Amu: Putting Afghanistan on the map of Surfing

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Afridun Amu was 5 years old when his family flew from Afghanistan to Germany where he grew up and studied law and cultural studies. When he discovered surfing as his passion he thought about founding the Waveriders Association of Afghanistan – a country that is far away from the ocean. He wanted to prove that it´s possible to surf here and planned a trip with his friends to his homeland. Here they went on the search for river waves and documented their whole journey in the movie „Unsurfed“. I met Afri (as his friends call him) in Kreuzberg in Berlin for a tea.

 

Amongst other interesting topics we talked about…

 

– how he started to surf

– how it came to the idea to found the Wavriders Association of Afghanistan

– what it was like meeting Kelly Slater in person during the qualification

– his memories when he and his family flew at the age of 5

– what it was like to come back to Afghanistan more than 20 years later

– his surf documentary „Unsurfed“

– Afghanistan, its people, the vibes, the landscape

– Spirituality and what it means to him

– what the ocean means to him

 

 

Shownotes:  

Afridun Amu on Instagram

Unsurfed Trailer

Afris Talk at the Peace and Sport Int. Forum

Surfistan“ at the Transformed Series

A ZDF Feature about Afridun  

 

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