Waves of Freedom is a documentary about the transformative power of surfing. While many consider surfing to be a hedonistic pursuit where individuals selfishly seek out moments of flow state through wave riding, there is much more to the surfing experience than this.

Surfing teaches courage, patience and mindfulness. It also forces the surfer into a place of discomfort from which growth is possible.

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Waves of Freedom is a Dash Media production, in conjunction with Live for More, directed by Bradley Hook.

The film follows the journey of several young men who embrace surf therapy as part of their rehabilitation program. The story takes viewers on a journey from troubled pasts, abusive relationships, drugs and addiction to the freedom found through riding waves.

Focusing on the stories of Jared Dixon and Brandon Symes, both of whom struggled with addiction, the film explores abuse, prison, probation and redemption out amongst the waves.

Film Funding

The film was successfully crowdfunded both on Give a Little and by private sponsors.

About Live for More

Live for More uses surfing to engage troubled young people. We run a surf therapy programme called Tai Wātea, which translates to Waves of Freedom.

This therapeutic group programme uses surfing as an effective clinical tool to engage young people who may not respond well to typical intervention. The concept of surfing is also a tangible and understandable analogy for life which is woven throughout the clinical group work. An example of this is how in surfing when we fall we must get back on the board, and in life we must persevere and never give up.

Live for More endeavours to sow hope into young people who are caught up in the justice system and lifestyles of drug and alcohol abuse.

We believe that every single young person can have a meaningful and successful future, regardless of their past decisions and where they have come from.

We know that with the right support and encouragement, young people are able to make better decisions and turn their lives around for a healthier future.

Live for More does not believe in a ‘too hard basket’. We believe that every single young person has value, should be treated with respect and deserves a chance.

We look beyond the hardened exteriors that many young people have, and we see the latent potential that lies within. We endeavour to extract this potential and empower these young people to live for more.