Once a day, just outside of Berlin, a giant ship passes by a small harbor, creating what some would call a perfect wave. Yet this unusual German point break is endangered, as the ship that’s been producing the wave is getting old, and will soon be replaced. With no known documentation of this wave being surfed, local Berliner, artist, and filmmaker, Ira Mowen (originally from Santa Cruz, California), has set out on a seemingly endless quest through the depths of German winter to ride this rare man-made wave into the annals of surf history before it is gone forever.
Ira waiting for the right moment to jump into the freezing water.
There’s no turning back now!
From atop his air-mattress Ira tries to judge how big the wave will be by how fast the ship is going.
Yes, a ship made that.
The moment that changed everything.
Ira explains “How To Catch The Last German Wave” on Korduroy.TV
Ira’s 3 rides: one 7’3” custom Simmons twin-fin, one Paul Gross Surfmat, and an early 90’s skateboard turned bodysurfing hand-plane.
Ira’s campsite beside a frozen lake during one his first surfmat trips.
While on his quest to catch the last German wave, Ira had all these things waiting and ready to be packed on his moped at a minutes notice when the slightest sign of good weather was on the horizon.
View of the lone German wave from Ira’s tent.
30 second Berlin wave
Fog horn surf forecast
Ira built this cabin on a lake on the outskirts of Berlin with dreams of finding surf in a land without waves.