We're deep into spring and just like how the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, this is the time of year that surf videos flock to the shelves of surf shops near you. Here's a quick guide to the newest surf vids, as well as a preview to three banger films we know you're all dying to see.
Cancer To Capricorn: The Path Of The Modern Gypsy
Being on the Reef team is an enviable position and in watching this film, you too will join the ranks of the people, like the TransWorld SURF staff, who would give anything to travel around the world to tropical locations, surfing perfect waves, with curvy exotic female companions busting out of their small bikinis. Cancer To Capricorn is a travelogue spotlighting Reef's talented team, including standout performances by Tonino Benson, Mike Losness, Nick Rosza, and the rest of the international team. Good music choices and beautiful locations (with sick waves) make up for the slight commercial slant this flick takes, and you will no doubt feel the need to shed your wetsuit and go somewhere warm, preferably with Alana Blanchard as your travel companion.—C.C.
The Union Express
The winter of 2009/2010 was one for the books on the West Coast (thank you El Niño). Timmy Curran couldn't have chosen a better time to train up and down the California coast, staying with friends and surfing swell after solid swell. Kicking it off with Keith Malloy and Ben Bourgeois near San Francisco in wedgy, dreamy peaks sets the tone well for the surf that is to come. Some of Timmy's other buds that he gets to rip with include Dane Reynolds, Nate Tyler, Mike Losness, Cory Lopez, and Taylor Knox. If you want to get pumped up to go surf, then check out The Union Express and get your shred on.—R.B.
One Month On The Moon
Low budget surf movies are not made any better when surfers attempt to be funny actors amidst plots that make no sense only by a relation to the surfer's last name and the amount of time it took to film the movie. It is quite amusing, though, how large seagulls peck Australian Andrew Mooney to his demise in his outer space expedition for the classified, behemoth left that Ross Clarke-Jones informs him of. Some serious charging by Mr. Andrew Mooney, Anthony Walsh, and Laurie Towner, and high-flying antics courtesy of the silky smooth Craig Anderson, are this movie's saving grace. Forgo the cheese and you've actually got some really solid surfing clips.—R.B.
Somewhere Near Tapachula
Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durant
With Somewhere Near Tapachula, Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durrant (the two brothers behind surprise hit doco, Surfing 50 States) have set themselves apart from the current surf filmmaker set by making surf films that have one thing most don't—a heart. Somewhere Near Tapachula tells the story of Mission Mexico, a children's refuge run by an Australian couple that houses 54 kids whose parents have abandoned, abused, or neglected them. If you don't cry during this film you have no heart. What makes these two budding filmmakers unique is their ability to tell a story and get the viewer engaged. With this film, Stefan and Jonno have upped the ante, and created a work with depth and soul, and you are left with an overall feeling of hope and joy, and who knows, you might even want to do something to help the world become a better place—cause that's what these two guys are doing. This film should be mandatory viewing for any surfer, you'll appreciate what you have more than ever after watching it.—C.C.
Castles In The Sky
They surfed where? Iceland. Yes, Taylor Steele’s new movie, Castles in the Sky, simultaneously takes you to places colder than a witch’s titty (the Icelandic righthander) and to the Buddha’d background of India (literally a huge Buddha looms over the screen as Mitch Coleborn's airs abound at Buddha's feet). The locations are as diverse as the cast: Dion and Losness get ricey and slicey all over Vietnam. You get to wander through Africa with Craig Anderson and Jordy. Taylor even managed to get The Drifter out of Bali and into a wetsuit in pumping Peru. Castles is a rare surf movie that will have you stoked without making your dad feel like he should give up on surfing altogether.—Cheyenne Arnold
Don't pigeonhole Dark Fall as just another East Coast surf flick. This film, most of which was shot beautifully on a Red Camera, tells the story of a how a tight-knit New Jersey surf crew reaps the rewards and suffers through the challenges of making a living as a pro surfer in the Garden State. Andrew Gessler serves as your tour guide through a year in the life of a Jersey pro. Starting in the dead of winter, with snow on the beach and 6 mil suits, the boys endure brutal elements for throaty barrels at home, ice cream headaches, and six-second tubes—who would have thought? As spring and summer come around, guidos and guidettes are thwarted by our crew as the real Jersey Shore gets invaded. Trips to Teahupoo and Hawaii intersect amazing New Jersey sessions, Dean Randazzo gets his props, Sam Hammer and the boys show just how hard they really do rip, and at the end, you might even find yourself getting a little jealous that you're not in their crew. Dark Fall is the best Jersey surf film ever, just ask Bruce Springsteen.—C.C.
Thrills, Spills, And What-not
Dane Reynolds' next film project is shrouded in mystery with so many questions left unanswered. When does it come out? Who else is in it? Why would Dane choose an unknown filmmaker to trust with such a highly anticipated project? What I do know is out of the two or three privileged few to have actually seen the latest edits, they all still had dropped jaws weeks after viewing the thing. So, we're gonna go out on a limb and say Thrills, Spills, And What-not is gonna flip the script and change the game just like with First Chapter—at this point, can Dane do anything wrong?—C.C.
Scratching The Surface
Matt Beauchesne/Julian Wilson
Scratching The Surface is the upcoming Julian Wilson profile and from what we've seen in the trailers, it's gonna be a banger. Director and editor Matt Beachesne summed it up well, "Everybody knows Julian is so gnarly at airs and all that," says Beauchesne. "I think people are going to be surprised on how hard Julian is charging in this thing—he's rushing some crazy waves and getting pretty damn nuts." With guest stars like Dane, Dusty, Taj, Yadin, Ian Walsh, and a few of Julian's other friends and family, as well as big-budget backing from Red Bull and Quiksilver, you can bet that this will be one of the best films of the year.—C.C.
Who Is J.O.B.?
Jamie O'Brien's film, which is already causing serious speculation and excitement on the Web, is nearly completed. Using remote control helicopters, handheld HD cameras, Red Cameras, in the tube crazy angles, and of course, the outrageous and always entertaining surfing and personality of J.O.B., Who Is J.O.B. is about to blow up your DVD player. You can bet you will see things in this flick that will have you wearing out your rewind button. Be prepared to be blown away.—C.C.
When was the last time you saw an all action, hyping, surf-psyche, fun, funny, stupid, awesome, positive vibe inducing, hard hitting, rock and roll surf flick that's only existence and purpose for being made was to get you amped to go surf with your friends? Well, you're about to see one … High Five is gonna be siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick.