Surf + Abide Films: Words with Andrew Kidman

Andrew Kidman in Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Rob Grieb

Andrew Kidman in Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Rob Grieb

Andrew Kidman is somewhat of an enigmatic soul in the world of surfing. His work initially became of interest to me when I saw his film “Litmus” almost ten years after its original release in 1996. The opening quote alone by former world champion, Nat Young, struck a chord in my heart that began to reverberate throughout my life and surfing.

“I wish that when they asked us: ‘What is surfing?’ I would have said it’s a spiritual activity, 
and not just a sport, because that’s what put us on the wrong track…” ~ Nat Young

Kidman’s surf films are what I consider surfing scriptural gems expressed through the medium of film.  I was fortunate enough to link up with Andrew during his recent stay in Brooklyn, NY,  and I got the chance to pull back the veil so to speak. Peering into the fascinating mind of the Australian filmmaker did not in any way take away from the almost mythical creature I had created in my mind. I realized his films were a representation of his innermost self, that which is ever thoughtful and beautiful.

In this short interview, Kidman tells us about life in his homeland of Australia and his upcoming film “Spirit of Akasha”, a celebratory film tribute to Alby Falzon’s classic “Morning of the Earth”.

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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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