If you are not a surfer and yet still yearn to experience what it is like to be in the barrel of a wave then this documentary is the next best thing to reality. By installing the latest in 3D cameras inside the wave directors Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius (the duos third Storm Surfers documentary) were able to get the viewer closer than ever to the huge waves. It is so realistic; don’t be surprised if you get splashed.
Storm Surfers follows the journey of two of the best surfers in the world in 2011 in their quest to locate and then ride the biggest waves on this planet. Two-time world champion Tom Carroll and the legend of tow-surfing Ross Clarke-Jones make the plan to use storm forecaster Ben Matson in order to find the best surfing waves across the Great Southern Ocean.
Over the course of their journey they come across freezing conditions, huge waves and put their lives in danger a couple of times. The two Aussies’ ultimate goal is ride huge waves that no one else has. As time passes they hook up with other surfers like Paul Morgan, Mark Mathews and Paul “Antman” Paterson as they ride the huge waves of Australia and Tasmania. Even world famous surfer Kelly Slater joins them briefly.
What steals the show hands down in this film is the cinematography. The images the two directors were able to capture are crazy. Using tiny cameras installed on the heads of the two surfers allows you to feel like you are riding along with them. Its crystal clarity allows you to see how the waves are like dancers rising and falling. Another insider’s view that you get to see is how courageous and maybe even borderline crazy they are for trying to surf the waves they do.
You might be thinking to yourself that it is boring to watch other people surf, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is loads of fun and even very tense at times to watch these two surfers, one in his 40s and the other in his 50s, pursue their dreams. A reminder that you are never too old if you really put your heart and mind into it.