Surf Films With A Difference - Circle In the Rock

The big surf film of last year was John John Florence's 'View From A Blue Moon'. It was a big budget, bombastic surf film that filled the pages of every surf mag out there, from Byron to Oahu. An advertising triumph for Hurley (now owned by Nike) it showed surfing in a way that we hadn't previously seen. Even if it wasn't your style, or you dislike it's corporate roots, it was unmistakably a masterpiece. For me, we crowded into a mates living room at university to sit wide eyed as John John hung in space for what seemed like a solid 20% of the feature length movie.

'Blue Moon' wasn't the only piece of ridiculous surf film making released last year however, there were plenty more, perhaps most notably those featured in Oneill's 'Unreasonable Film Festival'. For many these four six slipped below the radar, but trust us, they're worth seeing. For the next six weeks we will be reviewing each of the films entered into the film festival.

Which brings us to the first film in the series - 'Circle In The Rock' - the longest in the six film series at ten minutes and easily the most alternative. It's a short story that to some extent resembled Christopher Nolan's 2002 film 'Memento', confusingly following the story of a man who keeps losing his memory. As the longest of six films its strange that it features pretty much no actual surfing, however it still is able to capture a feeling that resonates, something we can't quite put our finger on. 

 

Leo Taillefer with a bumpy ride in Val D'Isere. Latest edit dropped today..

The squawking crow man from Val D'Isere never ceases to amuse us here at ClubSnow HQ... There are few skiers out there who can match his downright hilarity when taking on some of the gnarliest lines in world famous resort Val D'isere..

This morning, Leo posted his latest from a fruitful line of videos for the Skier.. After a win in the GoPro line of the Winter for February, he's back with what he describes as a "Bumpy ride".. I think you'll see what he means.


Incredible highlights package of the Suzuki Nine Knights!

An absolutely massive highlights package dropped from South Tyrol following the Nine Knights, featuring; some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders; two world records; insane airs; insane tricks. Enjoy five minutes worth of highlights from the 2016 edition of Suzuki Nine Knights, featuring the “Perfect Hip.” Watles Ski Resort, in South Tyrol, Italy, will never be the same again…

That's one way to do it... Watch how Blaine Gallivan Entered Jackson Hole’s Corbet’s Couloir

One thing is for sure - Blake Gallivan has some huge Cojones. Corbet's Couloir in Jackson Hole is notorious amongst hardened skiers for being a pretty tough line at the best of time. I guess if you're in Gallivan's head, the best way to do away with any sort of jump turns is to hit the entrance at the same pace as the nearby mountain tram and video the whole thing for a GoPro Line of the Winter entry. 

Enjoy his calculated madness and respect the man behind the lens!

The eery but awesome world of black Powder... Like nothing you've seen before.

One year ago, skiers Nicolas Vuignier, Sampo Vallotton and Florian Bruchez got together for a one-of-a-kind park shoot. Using multiple natural pigments and powders, the crew hit a series of features, releasing black ochres as they sent ‘er. Today, the crew is happy to present the impressive project, dubbed PBK1.

“This is a project I’ve had in the back of my head for quite some time,” says skier Nicolas Vuignier. “Having seen other filmmakers experimenting with natural pigments, I knew there was room for another visually interesting experiment. In April 2015, I gathered a few riders and experienced photographers to perform this conceptual clip, in which skiers release black ochres while taking off, leaving ephemeral trails behind them as they fly.”

Give PBK1 a watch and keep your eyes peeled for a “making of” video, dropping soon.

Back to The Butte; Drew Peterson in Crested Butte

In this latest clip to come out of Colorado, Drew Peterson gives us the best tour of Crested Butte ("Colorado's last great ski town") you could imagine.

He explains; On the day we arrived in Crested Butte, 8 inches had fallen overnight. Conditions were great, so we went soul shredding. I grew up in Silverthorne and skied CB a fair amount when I was younger. The steep slopes of the North Face are where I learned to hit cliffs and first competed in big mountain skiing. It was good to be back. Special thanks to DPS Skis, Outdoor Research, Smith Optics, Discrete Clothing, Surefoot, and Truck Gloves Music: 99 Problems  by Hugo @drewpeterski drewpeterski.com

That time Twiggy Baker jumped off a 4 story wave at Waimea. [Video]

 Credit; WSL/Heff

Credit; WSL/Heff

The video that needs no explaining. 

Midway through the Eddie, Twiggy Baker, world renowned big wave surfer, pulled into one of the biggest waves of the day. What followed can be described as unlucky and terrifying at the same time... As the lip jacks up on the huge monster, Twiggy decides to pull the plug and take the plunge into the abyss below, and then finds himself going over the falls.

A miracles he is alright, and definitely a contender for wipeout of the year!! 

Shane Dorian went mad at Jaws!

We all know Shane Dorian loves Jaws... It's a special place for him. Now, there is a difference between enjoying the fruits of the wave, and going head long into grabbing the beast by the horns. Well, that is exactly what went down in Shane's last session. Taking the highest of lines into the pitch black barrel, the man needs a headlamp before appearing out the other side. 

You really have to see it to believe that he made it... KUDOS!! 


John John Florence crowned winner of the Eddie! [Highlights Reel]

After a stellar performance, it came down to the last 10 minutes for John John Florence to win his first In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational event. His last wave score (see below) took him ahead of big wave legends Shane Dorian and previous winner Ross Clarke-Jones.

 John John Florence celebrating his huge win at the 2016 Eddie

John John Florence celebrating his huge win at the 2016 Eddie

John John described his win as "one of the most special moments of my life, for sure", then adding "This event's only run a couple of times in my whole life, and for me to be a part of it is amazing. I'm just overwhelmed with adrenaline. Just from the whole day, looking at the big ones like 'ahh, am I gonna go or not?" 

Today's conditions down at the contest site were simply massive, with waves up to 60 feet pounded into the North Shore's famous Waimea Bay. Clyde Aikau, brother of Eddie Aikau and a competitor in the line up (at 66 years old!), said that it's the best Waimea Bay he's seen in over 40 years.

See John John's best waves below;

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Kai Rothman takes award for the worst wipeout of the day at the Eddie!! BRUTAL!

Well, what can we say that already hasn't been said.. The Eddie gave us some of the biggest waves we have seen in competition for many a year. But, with big waves come HUGE wipeouts, and there were a fair share on display during the heats o the 25th February. Arguably the biggest of the day came when Kala Alexander and Kai Rothman set off side by side on a bomb, only to collide on the lip leaving Rothman to cartwheel 40 feet down this monster.

You'll be glad to know Kai, a true waterman, brushed himself down and spent a good bit of time in the channel recovering before he got straight back in the line up! What a guy!! 

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Mick Fanning lights it up at Snapper!

After Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the Southern Hemisphere, surfers have been flocking to the main surfing beaches in Oz. None more so than Mick Fanning on his own turf spending a healthy amount of time out of the sun in that barrel...

With the quicksilver pro 2016 coming up shortly, we are hoping Snapper provides us with the same quality of waves!


Old But Gold: The Duct Tape Story

Despite being over two years old now, this video still strikes me as one of the most motivating and heartwarming videos I have ever seen. This stunning video epitomises the life changing beauty of surfing, reminding you the impossible is possible.

'18 years ago a slight lapse in concentration crushed Pascale's dreams of surfing. With the help of a family friend and a roll of duct tape; she can now call herself a surfer.'

Pascale Honore & Tyron Swan

Film/Edit : Mark Tipple
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Music : Halfway House, Apricot Rail
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