Surfers The Movie, Then and Now Release.
The new version subtitled ‘Next Wave’ or ‘Then and Now’ for an extended East Coast tour of beach town theater venues, presenting new interviews and footage of Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, Mark Occhilupo and Dave Rastovich along with a posse of new upcoming hotties.
“We are bringing out the film in 2008 because some of the current surfing is so beyond, and the classic footage it is worth looking at in the context of what’s happening now,” says Michael Tomson, the Producer who put the movie together nearly 18 years ago. “There are so many timeless shots and so many classic quotes that tie the new material into the fabric of our culture.”
Tomson, one of the ‘76 revolutionaries’ who broke down the door of pro surfing in that tumultuous era in Hawaii, went on to become the founder of Gotcha a major surf brand during the first decade of the pro surfing. The original Surfers the Movie captured the first professional surf stars when what is now the surf industry was in its early stages. Filmed and edited by esteemed filmmaker Bill Delaney of ‘Free Ride’ the present-day sequences
often reveal current champions who are seen in the earlier editions as fledgling newcomers.
Nearly every world title holder or 80’s legend has a part in the film, and some of the material (like the opening slow motion sequence of Tom Curren’s impossibly deep tube) is still riveting as groundbreaking performances.
“The film deserves to be seen again with the updated material,” notes Graham Stapelberg, the current version’s Executive Producer. “The new version brings the film’s landmark concept right to the current moment.”