Waves: still invaded by plastic beads and chemicals | Photo: White Waves

Inka Reichert filmed "White Waves," a documentary about surfers fighting against unseen pollution in the waters of the Old Continent.

Litter, wastewater, plastic beads, industrial products and chemicals are invading the European seas and beaches. You simply can't ride waves without experiencing water pollution in your skin.

"Surfers want to surf 'White Waves' again. In some cases they reach their goal; in others, the polluters win. The documentary does not only show the contaminated waters of our seas, and why it is happening - it also aims to display the consequences and how to avoid pollution," explains Reichert.

"We are strongly aware of the complexity of every single kind of pollution and the diversity and interests of the people and groups involved."

Non-governmental surfing organizations such as the Surfers Against Sewage and Surfrider Foundation Europe are working to keep waves clean and beaches free from various forms of pollution.