Island Earth is just another step along Sutton’s path dedicated to exploring the unique voices in surfing and activism, inspiring his audience to seek their own answers—whether that means learning hard lessons about sustainability or just ditching a surfboard in favor of a handplane. cyrus sutton #justin housman #rogue lines #surfer 58.
And perhaps it’s Sutton’s fascination with people taking charge of their lives and doing things their own way that connects all of his work, be it surf-focused films or exposé documentaries. “The people in Hawaii are still intimately connected with their roots,” says Sutton. “They’re trying to take their islands back from a government and from corporations that don’t have the best interests of Hawaiians—or the islands themselves—in mind.
But there’s still plenty of soulful looks at some of the locals fighting for their land, their culture, their health. “I really like the idea of localism when it comes to people being close to a place and wanting to protect it,” Sutton told me when I asked him about the connection between his surfing and his activism. “We take care of the places that surround us, and that makes us more attuned to the world.
Sutton’s 2010 film, Stoked and Broke, which featured Sutton and budding surfboard experimentalist Ryan Burch going on a wave-filled walkabout near their San Diego homes, further built on Sutton’s desire to make rootsy surf films that didn’t shy away from societal issues.
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