A look at Peter Hamblin’s unorthodox profile of Frank Solomon
I’ll be frank—the new movie starring big-wave surfer Frank Solomon is not actually a surf film. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway. Is there surfing? Oh yeah. There are clips of Solomon and friends charging bone-rattling waves in South Africa, Ireland, Puerto Escondido, and beyond. But with a complex storyline, meticulously crafted sets, well-timed
Inside Jim Heimann's 600-page "Surfing: 1778-2015"
When Jim Heimann’s Surfing: 1778-2015 (Taschen, $200) arrived here at the SURFER offices, it was wheeled in on a hand truck and made an earth-shaking thud when it was dropped on my desk. At 13”x 19.5” and weighing just shy of 16lbs, the 600-page behemoth is more than your average coffee table book. (Hell, throw
"Fish" doc tells story of the world's most fun board design
Considering that surfing has no real purpose other than pure fun, it’s a bit amazing that riding an easier board—the quickest, most simple way to be sure you actually have fun in every session—was either ignored, or outright mocked for most of the last, oh I don’t know, let’s say, three decades. Still is,
Ramon Navarro's biopic is a thing of beauty
If the opening few minutes of The Fisherman’s Son are any indication, Ramon Navarro is the son of a very good fisherman. The film starts with Ramon’s dad, Jano, walking around a beach, a few enormous fish slung casually over his shoulders. Soon those fish are carved up and roasted over open flames, while charming old
Celebrating the art, craftsmanship, and history of surfboards
SURF CRAFT By Richard Kenvin $29.95 at The MIT Press Until just a few weeks ago, San Diego’s Mingei International Museum featured an exhibition charting the art and history of surfboards, curated by bespectacled hydrodynamics enthusiast Richard Kenvin. The collection was breathtaking, and included early twentieth century bellyboards from around the world, plenty of Bob
What Kai Neville’s latest offering tells us about the state of the surf movie
From Jack Freestone making an unmakeable backside air to Noa Deane’s kamikaze punts, the surfing in Cluster is undeniably good. Of course these surfers reside comfortably in the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent. But it’s impossible to watch Cluster without wondering at some point, “Where was John John when all this was happening? Or Gabriel? Or Filipe? Or Jordy? Or Kolohe?”
Albee Layer and the Maui boys throw down one of the year's best surf films
Albee Layer’s new film seemed to have come out of nowhere, but upon its arrival it instantly solidified the Maui crew as one of the most diverse group of shredders on the planet. If you take healthy doses of travel, soundtrack, and production, and add them to an unhealthy dose of insanity from some of
In Get-N Classic Vol. 3, the Vans team ticks all the boxes
Graham Nash and Reagan Ritchie, the directorial team behind such, uh, classics as Get-N Classic and Get-N Classic Vol. 2, now bring you Get-N Classic Vol. 3, and it will make you shout at the screen more than any surf movie has in a long time.
With great waves and a talented cast, Joe G paints a convincing image of Shangri La
Over the last decade, Joe Guglielmino (that’s what the “G” stands for) has consistently proven himself surfing’s most imaginative filmmaker. From the cheeky sci-fi narrative of Secret Machine, to the beautiful doomsday sessions of Year Zero, Joe G has a knack for elevating his work above “surf porn” into the realm of legitimate art. And in an era where practically every 2-minute web clip pretends to be art, Joe G’s flicks stand apart now more than ever.