Bunker77 director and ripping surfer Takuji Masuda was a Japanese National Surfing Champion in 2001. As his taste for big waves grew, he became well known at Pipeline for riding longboards and pulling into throaty tubes on the nose, sometimes hanging five or even ten. “I wanted to recite classic longboarding at Pipeline" says Takuji.
Maurice Cole thrives on pushing the envelope of performance. Maurice began shaping 45 years ago and has long been a visionary in board design, shaping futuristic surfboards for the world's best and contributing greatly to surfboard design along the way.
Maurice Cole and Tom Curren. Video courtesy of Korduroy.tv
Alean Ehrenbold is a freelance journalist, surf coach and surf film producer, originally from Lucerne, Switzerland. Indonesia is on her top 3 destinations for a surf trip. Go behind the scenes of her latest movie Blue Road and learn about her adventures on the road.
Discovering Africa is diving into a magical arena of empty peaks and perfect peeling wave spots. Beyond explores the unique board-riding cultures found in Morocco, Mauritania, Gambia and Senegal. The filmmakers spent three months on the road filming and interviewing a host of fascinating characters to get an intimate look into their surfing lives. Highly recommended if you like dreaming about exotic places, adventure and stories from afar.
In Bunker77, director Takuji Masuda blends incredible unseen footage and new interviews with the likes of Tony Alva, Laird Hamilton and other greats to craft a documentary about Bunker’s life that searches for meaning in all its chaos.
“I learned about Bunker when I met Art Brewer in 1994” Takuji says. “There were bits in The Surfer’s Journal, and I was intrigued and wanted to know more. I needed a deeper dig to really see what it was all about." Find out more in this short interview with Takuji Masuda.
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The Director of the festival's opening film Glory of the Glide discusses her foray into surf documentaries.
In today’s realm of surf cinematography, there’s no shortage of hi-shredability action films. Admit it, each time you go online or check your Instagram, you’re watching some new clip or full-length film filled with hard-charging surfers hunting down big tubes or light-footed aerialists chucking themselves six feet above the lip. But when Beth O’Rourke, one half of the duo behind SeaLevel TV, dipped her toes in the world of surf filmmaking, she decided to focus on the surfers themselves and the interesting life stories many of them carry.Read More