I’ve treated surf films differently the last 10 years, I’ve waited for an idea I was inspired by rather than trying to do one every year.
I wanted to see if they would inspire each other to surf harder, or to approach things differently than they normally would, because they’re with someone similar to them but from a different generation.
And the whole idea was to pick surfers who are still relevant, but from different time periods. John John and Kelly.
Making surf films for a living isn’t my business anymore, so it’s really more of a way to get creative and have a lot of fun with it.
This is your 25th surf film, but it’s your first since Missing back in 2013.
For me, with how temporary surf films are nowadays, it made rethink about how to make this one different.
Through the ’90s and early 2000s, Taylor Steele released a new hit surf film nearly every year.
And I knew they have a lot of similarities in the way that they surf, but I didn’t realize how intelligent and on it John is with everything he does.
He dominated the session to a point where I was going, ‘Wow, maybe Shane’s not the guy anymore. ” And then, I don’t know if Shane just approached it differently or maybe he was inspired by Albee, but the next day Shane completely flipped it and dominated.
Surf films should be completely different from a webisode.
For this project, titled Proximity, Taylor paired four sets of surfers together, sent them to a wave that perfectly suits their styles, and then captured the results, both in and out of the water.
Read more here: Surfer Mag