Box office films and top international edits
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Stacy Peralta comes Patagonia’s The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez, a film that lifts the veil on one of surfing’s most enigmatic heroes.
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Byron Bay-based filmmaker Nathan Oldfield has a knack for telling visual stories around surfing’s current avant-garde. And his 2012 film, The Heart and the Sea is no different. With a cast of recognizable characters (think Ryan Burch, Alex Knost, and Dave Rastovich) on alternative craft ranging from alaias to retro fishes to logs, the film personifies the joys of building a life around the ocean.
At a time when surf filmmaking has been reduced to highly watchable, snack-size clips that can be quickly viewed while scrolling through Instagram on the toilet, plot-driven, full-length films seem to be a dying breed. On first glance, it feels unlikely that a film about a lesser-known big wave surfer from South Africa, Frank Solomon, would be received with such critical acclaim, but if you haven’t seen this film, it’s definitely worth your time. It asks the same question you very well may be wondering if you haven’t paid much attention to the big wave scene lately: who is Frank Solomon? And answers the question in part Wes Anderson, part Fourth Phase style.
“Warrriorrrsssss, come out to plaaaaayyyy”. Romain De Marchi cemented his place as one of the all-time greats with his performance in Vivid, pushing the limits of what could be done on a snowboard. The Absinthe crew seemingly owned the early 2000’s. They had the formula on lock and produced banger after banger.
Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz.
A look into a year in the life of New Jerseys best surfers as they brave the different seasons.
Film and Book by Taylor Steele and Dustin Humphrey From the markets and souks of Marrakech in Morocco to the blues of the Atlantic in Barbados, from Japan to Cuba, Italy, Hong Kong, and Egypt, Sipping Jetstreams is a photographic journey of discovery and adventure. This two-year odyssey focuses not just on the surfing but the places and the faces of each destination.
South bay shaper and surfer, Tyler Hatzikian, shapes a single fin, yellow longboard and sends it on an around the world tour to some of the best surfers on earth, who surf it, then pass it on, until it makes its way back to Tyler.
The fourth movie Bruce Brown made travels to Mexico, California and Florida, along with a trip to Australia and Hawaii with Phil Edwards. Features a fifteen-foot shark checking the line-up at Rincon and the first wave ever ridden at Pipeline. Time to hang ten with another of Brown's outstanding surf films--it's almost better than being there!
Surfers and secret spots from around the world are profiled in this documentary.
semiserious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider's look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the big wave. This passionate and fluid film is without question the first authentic history of surfing from its humble Hawaiian beginnings to the big business it became to the still-rebellious universe it inhabits today. Riding Giants is a study in individuality and freedom, the pursuit and techniques of pure kinetic pleasure, and the risk taking and attitudes that characterize its leading figures. For some viewers, this is perhaps more than they ever wanted to know. But Peralta's detailed knowledge of the surfing lifestyle, its icons and locations, its boom and exploitation by the media, and the fascination it has held for young men for more than five decades is unparalleled and fuels this expedition for the expert and initiate alike. Closely chronicling the sometimes-life-and-death drama that big-wave riding entails, Riding Giants is an often-mesmerizing visual thrill ride. But the most appealing aspect of this often revelatory documentary is the realization that the man versus nature dialectic never ends; the search for the ultimate wave and the spiritual pinnacle can only be pursued but never reached.—Sujit R. Varma
The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.
Presented by Inner Relm Wetsuits.
Documentary about five-time Olympic medalist and native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku.
Surfers from South Africa and Australia revolutionise the sport with their radical approach in 1975. Narrator: Edward Norton.
"Lost Track Atlantic" is a four-part series that takes you on the journey of a lifetime, from the far north Atlantic to the tropical, equatorial coast of West Africa.
Fifteen action-packed minutes of the best grommets in the USA.
A film by Alasdair Evans shot in Western Australia over the winter of 2020.
“PENTACOASTAL” was inspired by the tonalities of Australian cult cinema. Directors Wade Goodall & Shane Fletcher have merged these filmic elements within the body of a surf film through emotive animations, an undulating soundscape, and a subliminal narrative which follows a quasi-recursive map depicted by a pentagram drawn on the map of Australia. “A recollection of Australasian exploration following a quasi-recursive map, with elemental moments of expressive wave worship.”
Featuring Wade Goodall, Dane Reynolds, Harry Bryant, Nathan Fletcher, Pat Gudauskas, Dylan Graves, Nathan Florence, Tanner Gudauskas & Kyuss King
The New Zealand surf movie Flightless Obsession was born out of the lockdown. The 30 minute movie highlights dozen of Kiwi surfers who submitted footage for the project. Full movie lands Sunday 20th September 2020.
In Distance Between Dreams, the most historic year in big wave surfing comes to life through the eyes of iconic surfer Ian Walsh, as he sets mind and body in motion to redefine the upper limits of what’s considered ‘rideable.' With massive El Niño-powered swells building across the Pacific, Ian, Shaun, DK and Luke Walsh band together in a way that only brothers can to progress surfing to unimaginable heights.
"Lost Track New Zealand" takes you on a journey of a lifetime through the remote wilderness of New Zealand in search of perfect waves and life long memories.
Featuring; Mick Fanning, Tyler Wright, Owen Wright and more!