In Issue 86 of IKSURFMAG, Roderick Pijls took us on a kiting journey to the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights; carbon-free and premiering for the first time today (May 11th), Roderick shares his adventure in volcano crates and between icebergs in ‘The Last Line’, we’ve got the FULL MOVIE right here. We’re just as excited as you are to watch it! Kitesurfing can take us to genuinely magnificent places, but how far could you get without leaving a carbon footprint? Watch it HERE.
For ‘The Last Line’, kitesurfer Roderick Pijls and photographer Rein Rijke have once again pushed the boundaries of what is physically possible. After their successful attempt at kitesurfing on a toxic hot lake in Tanzania in 2018, the adventurous duo headed to the highlands of Iceland last October to kitesurf in craters of volcanoes, between icebergs of glaciers and on the edge of a waterfall. Photographer Rein Rijke made another beautiful series of photos of this adventure.
The Last Line is an initiative of friends Rein (photographer) and Roderick (kitesurfer). Together, the duo searches for unique lakes, rivers, and seas worldwide to kite in. The more extreme, the better.
“We want to show the viewer in a special way how beautiful our planet is and how great it is to experience adventure in the raw, in this case Icelandic, landscapes and kitesurfing in these places.” – Rein Rijke
At the same time, we see all around us that nature is changing negatively due to the influence of humans. With the project ‘The Last Line’ we showcase locations that may soon no longer be there. We hope to create a bit of awareness about why we should all make decisions more consciously. The impact of climate change is real. Nature is not finite.” – Roderick Pijls
After months of preparation, the duo travelled through the interior of rugged Iceland last October in search of unique locations. Roderick made it happen to kitesurf in a hard-to-reach volcano crater, between icebergs of a glacial lake and kite down a river that ended in a beautiful waterfall. At the same time, Rein captured it all with his camera.
“We had to make several attempts before we succeeded to kitesurf inside the volcano crater. After descending into the crater, the wind was extremely turbulent. The wind went in all directions, and that resulted in tough conditions, especially for Roderick. ” – Rein Rijke
“It is a constant challenge. I want to kite there; Rein wants that shot. But there are several times when we have to make difficult choices. This documentary is about much more than just the photo. It is the journey, the excitement, the setback and the success. All of this happens against the beautiful background of Iceland. – Roderick Pijls
Premiere The Last Line – Iceland
From 11 May 2021, the documentary The Last Line – Iceland can be seen online at thelastline.nl/video. In The Last Line – Iceland, you follow photographer Rein Rijke and kitesurfer Roderick Pijls in their adventurous search for extreme lakes to kite in. The film, produced by Kiwi Aerial Shots, can be seen for free from May 11th, 2021. Watch the FULL MOVIE right here!
Roderick belongs to the world-top of kitesurfing and can therefore often be found at different locations worldwide. He sees nature changing everywhere due to climate change.