Unlike sports where you can’t get noticed unless you have the newest and coolest gear, body surfing allows a bunch of people playing on the beach to be made into a feature film.
I’m not down-playing the skills these people have (a lot of those waves would pound me into jelly), I just find it surprising to find a film that pulls back from the energy-drink-fueled-spring-break-look of the current surf film and gives it the clean, down-home feel of summer vacation with grandma.
Of course, this does add a little time for reflection and the philosophy of life on the ocean, something sorely lacking in most sports vids. Am I being too heretical to ask for a blend of the thrilling action and the philosophy that feeds it? Maybe. If you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll invite grandma to spring break.
Video created by Keith Malloy.