Dir. Jack Johnson, 2000
How did the first surf film I ever buy get this far into the reviews?
This film, sometimes considered a followup to Chris Malloy and Jack Johnson's "Thicker Than Water" it made it to Surfing Magazines "The Greatest 25 Surf Movies of All Time" in their November 2007 issue.
I picked this flick up while getting a new CI Flyer from Cinnamon Rainbows up in New Hampshire. It kept me frothing until the summer when I could be back at the beach.
Shot with 16mm film, it captures Slater, Machado, Gerlach, Dorian, Egan and Williams as they take a surf trip for the pure fun of it. Not jerseys, no contests. For them "the waves were as a good as waves get." The colors and scenery in this film are amazing and the surfing it top tier as well. I must have for any surf film collection.
Dir. Jason Baffa, 2004
Let us take a new concept into mind. Rather than follow a surfer or group of surfers around the globe to beautiful surf destinations, lets follow the board instead. Take this board-centric style throw in an amazing soundtrack, and you have Singlefin: Yellow.
What has become a flat-spell regular in the DVD, began as a board made by Tyler Hatzikian, shipped to friends and followed as the main character. Starting it journey with Tyler it finds itself in Oz with Beau Young, Japan with David Kenoshita, Cali with Daizie Shayne and Devon Howard. Howard also travels to Mexico and Hawaii with it where he leaves it with Bonga Perkins who enjoys it in the crystal Hawaiian waters.
Following Yellow around the globe has a nice romantic aspect, of a hand-shaped functional piece of art. It is a beautiful board, beautiful film, and most importantly a beautiful story.
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