2019 looks promising with a new Dutch surf documentary on its way. Keep an eye out for ‘Thalassophiles, a surfer’s mind’. A documentary about individuals who love the ocean, and a display of the impact of surfing on the body and mind. Check out a sneak peak by Tomas Grootveld. More to come soon!
Press play to take a look inside Byron Bay stylemaster Torren Martyn’s twin fin quiver. Listen and learn as he breaks down the creative relationship with his shaper Simon Jones of Morning of the Earth Surfboards, and why twin fins work well for him in all types of waves.
There's a massive underwater landform creating extreme surfing conditions and it’s huge, heavy and hollow. Japan's national broadcast station came to Nazare to make a documentary about big wave surfing. Featuring Andrew Cotton, big wave legend Garrett McNamara and Hugo Vau, the documentary gives a great insight into Nazare and its tight-knit crew of chargers. Sit back for some eye watering and extraordinary footage!
Video courtesy of Andrew Cotton.
In June 2018, surfers Arthur Bourbon and Damien Castera travelled to Africa to make a documentary film named ‘Múkùne’ about Liberia. They went there to witness the history of the first surfing community in a country once devastated by 15 years of civil war. Here’s a short film introducing their journey. A feature-length documentary is currently being edited and will be available in 2019. Stay tuned to I Am Surf for more info about their amazing story!
Múkùne courtesy of Handstudio.fr
Drew McPherson finds solitude on a beautifully crafted single fin. He’s got an eye for style, doesn't mind a kick stall and he can make his single fin sing. Drew reminds us why every surfer should have a single fin in their quiver. They teach you how to surf properly, using the rails and trim, tapping into energy zones on a wave that will have you kicking out thinking “What was that!”
Video courtesy of Needessentials.
Women’s big-wave surfing is getting its recognition thanks to filmmakers such as Sachi Cunningham. She’s super plugged into the women’s big-wave community and is filming for a forthcoming self-funded documentary called ‘SheChange’. Sachi is trying to raise additional funds to complete the project and give these female chargers their proper due by capturing their heroic feats from land, water and air. Please support independent filmmaking and donate what you can on the film’s website.
‘A Sense of Space’ gives a small insight into the world of Byron Bay native Torren Martyn and the diversity of wave-rich Australia. Riding for Morning of the Earth Surfboards, Torren and shaper Simon Jones have developed a highly productive and symbiotic relationship. Simon’s boards represent the best of both worlds: beautiful, functional surfboards that are a dream to ride. With the drawn out lines and stylish approach of Torren's wave-riding and Simon's knowledge, the pair have worked together on the creation of finely tuned performance twin fins that you’ll see Torren riding in the mesmerising ‘A Sense of Space’.
Video by Ishka Folkwell and SurfStitch.
“To any of the young girls out there or even to women getting into surfing at a later time in their life, surfing is such an empowering tool,” says Kassia Meador. “It’s something that’s so beautiful to gain your own personal energy and strength, to push yourself and own every aspect of yourself, and surfing helps give you the tools to navigate that and navigate life in different ways.”
Alternativa, starring Kassia Meador, Leah Dawson and Lola Mignot, documents three outstanding women on a trip to El Salvador, who are leading women’s surfing into the future through their own approach to surfing and life.
Video courtesy of the Inertia.