Reviews

9.22.16

Reviews

Let’s Be Frank

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

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8.31.16

Reviews

2016 Soft-Top Review

A guide to your next favorite foamie

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6.27.16

Books

Heavy Lifting

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

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4.14.16

Reviews

None More Fun Than the Fish

"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,

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4.10.15

Movie

Fisherman’s Son, Chilean Hero

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

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3.3.15

Books

Richard Kenvin’s “Surf Craft”

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

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1.30.15

Movie

After Cluster

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?”

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10.16.14

Movie

Attractive Distractions

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

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9.3.14

Movie

GNC Vol. 3: Most Classic

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.

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8.13.14

Movie

Strange Rumblings Review

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.

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