Jack Coleman’s films bring you back to age when the surf film mattered.

Before most surf films simply became long ads for companies, offering little more than aerials ad nauseam, sadly executed product placements, and just nothing of real substance that speaks to anyone with an operating brain; surf films meant something!

I remember the days of going to the local VFW or firehouse with my friends to see the latest surf film. The excitement, the comradery, the mischief making, and most of all; the hooting and hollering from start to finish of the film. If there was no noise and you were the filmmaker, it was safe to say, your film was a pile of shit.

Somewhere along the way surf films became super boring.

The same surfers, the same boards, the same turns, the same angle, and just terrible soundtracks. It was the 90s, I think surfing was trying to find it’s way, and really wanting to be skateboarding on water. It’s not! Let surfing be surfing, or really, just do whatever the hell you want.

Among the barrage of what I felt were terrible films, we weren’t without magic. Sonny Miller’s work with Tom Curren, Woodshed films were putting out quality work, and The Moonshine Conspiracy did great things. Then there was “LITMUS” by Andrew Kidman, which in my mind, was the saving grace of the surf film, and the soulful spirit of surfing.

Now I think we are at a very exciting place in surfing history, where the past, present, and future are converging.

So while surfing was trying to be skateboarding so badly in the 90s, it wasn’t until surfing became surfing again, that we may have achieved what makes skateboarding so beautiful. The convergence and emergence of all times in one place. Anything goes, but just be sure to be going. In plain language skateboarding remained an art, while surfing was trying to be a sport. Surfing is an art at it’s root and when we forget it, stuff gets real lame very fast.

So I know I’m ranting here and it’s time to cut to the chase.

Jack Coleman’s new film looks like a wild dreamy trip of some of the most beautiful and stylish surfing out there. Feast your eyes on the trailer, feel the stoke, check the film if it comes through your town, and buy the DVD when it drops.

World Premiere July 14, “Brunswick Picture House” Brunswick Heads, NSW Australia.


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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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