Directed by Taylor Steele, 2009
The film drifts in and out of consciousness, between surfing and Rob’s traveling experiences. The result is a dreamlike feel while Rob is drifting, and a realistic feeling while he is surfing. Unfortunately, this style of storyline takes away from the film as a whole.
The film opens with Rob Machado discussing why he stopped competing as a professional surfer and how he gained a more laidback, and less hectic, view on the sport and life. This “escape from the hectic lifestyle” is highlighted by his escapade through Indo. It’s halfway through his trip that we realize actual surfing is put on the back burner. This story relies heavily on the voyage.
But from a technical standpoint, the cinematography is top notch (Todd Heater is one of the best directors of photography in the sports film industry) and the editing is excellent. Actually, all technical aspects are above par and it’s only the story that seems to be lacking.
My final thoughts: Taylor Steeles’ reincarnation from surf porn to a romantic view of surfing as a sport is a direction that needs to be taken. There should be more films that focus on the true love of riding the waves and less about the athlete and the competition. And to see the kingpin of surf media behind the push shows that surfers themselves are becoming more interesting that just what they do on the water. Surfing is a lifestyle, not just an aquatic adventure.
*One (Back of my Mind) Note: What about his wife and two daughters?” Were they just waiting at home while he was floating through Indo? I’m curious.
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