Watch Taking back the Waves and many more documentaries!

  • Subscribe to our catalogue of 600+ documentaries
  • The first month for €1.49
  • No strings attached. Cancel online at anytime
  • We share the revenu directly with the documentary makers
Learn more about DocsOnline

Taking back the Waves by Hofmeyr, Nicolaas

Taking Back the Waves' portrays two world-class surfers and friends, Cass Collier en Ian Armstrong of Capetown, South-Africa. The documentary highlights how Cass's skin color influenced his surfing at the height of apartheid. His father passed his enthusiasm for the sport on to his son and ignored the restrictions of apartheid as much as he could, but it was still difficult for Cass to get the recognition he deserved. With a lot of hard work, he ended up winning international awards and recognition. The images of surfers and high waves in the film are very impressive.

Social Interest
The two surfers grew up in two different societies in the same South Africa. Ian is white and always had access to the best beaches and waves. Cass, who was 'colored', was barred from those areas due to the color of his skin. After apartheid ended, those rules changed and now Cass is an inspiration for colored youth who want to develop their surfing talent. He and Ian now give surfing lessons in Cape Town.

Hofmeyr, Nicolaas
Copyright Holder
Uhuru productions
76 min.
Year of release

More Documentaries

  • 38 min.

    Balls or bullets

    Heijnen, Hans, 1998

    In the notorious township of Johannesburg, Soweto, the lives of the residents are filled with criminality and violence. This documentary shows how football can be an alternative for a criminal life.

    Watch documentary
  • 56 min.

    Red Coin, Blue Coin

    Marcoen, Alain, 2008

    From ring to ring, this film plunges into the world of boxing. It gives an impressionist portrait of men and women driven by this popular sport and reflects the life of a region.

    Watch documentary
  • 27 min.


    Petitto, Giuseppe, 2001

    Sanpeet by Italian director Giuseppe petitto, is a story of gambling and kick-boxing. The leading character, Sanpeet Petnonnoi, is a small, beautiful, unblemished, bronzed seven year-old boy who lives in the poor region of northeast Thailand.

    Watch documentary
  • 72 min.

    Leap of Faith

    Trivedi, Valentina & Makim, Aditi, 2008

    The essence of yoga is to integrate the body with the mind and the mind with the Self.This is a famous statement of yogacharya B.K.S Iyeng.

    Watch documentary
  • 115 min.

    Back Home, roots of a new South Africa

    Kobler, Mark, 2003

    Today, more than one decade after the end of apartheid, the informative documentary 'Back Home' tells the story of three ex-inmates of Robben Island, Apartheid's high-security prison, who returned to their island of fate.

    Watch documentary
  • 52 min.

    The concrete curtain

    Brunner, Benny, 2005

    Following on from his 2004 film The Wall, Brunners latest documentary focuses on the impact of Israel's expropriations for and construction of the West Bank wall as it encircles and carves apart integral parts of Palestinian East Jerusalem.

    Watch documentary
  • 45 min.

    Finding Mercy

    Paterson, Robyn, 2012

    By trying to find her childhood friend Mercy, filmmaker Robyn ends up encountering the chilling truth about contemporary Zimbabwe.

    Watch documentary
  • 90 min.

    The mothers house

    Verster, Francois, 2005

    The mothers house is het verhaal van een familie die worstelt met problemen die na de afschaffing van de apartheid in Zuid Afrika nog steeds aan de orde zijn.

    Watch documentary
Close Login