Dir. David Malcolm, 2011
Coming out of the minds from Pinchmysalt.tv “Surf Madness” is an action filled flick. The movie starts with an abundance of Crocs on the sand, only to be followed up with Taj Burrow and Sterling Spencer hitting the water while wearing white ones. Originally perceived as showing a disgust for people who wear them, especially to the beach, it now seems as though the joke might have been gone above what was shown on the screen. From that point on the action can keep ones attention with a full mix of airs, tubes and powerful turns. The music of the film helps to keep the tempo of the action going, with some great sections of coming from a whole slew of wave riders. In between the action there are short segments with a false commentary/ voice over that is somewhat amusing, especially when it is in relation to someone surfing a wave. Other segments that catch the eye are the Tandem bicycle riding with Spencer Sterling and Rob Machado and the whole Alabama section, which makes this person never want to enter that state.
From a technical standpoint this film does lack some quality issues. Editing is wonderful but there is a grittiness in the video quality, this could be the desired effect, that makes it seem lower quality that some of the small website competition out there. Either way the music, filming style and editing help the momentum of the film sustain itself. Hopefully next time they can get a cleaner end product.
All in all this flick is worth the watch to get frothed up one day before heading to the waves or as a cool down for after. Throw in some work from New England photographer Nick LaVecchia and it adds up to one good time. If you haven’t seen it you might still be able to download it off of pinchmysalt.tv. Enjoy!
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