IN his new film, Come Hell or High Water, surfer adventurer filmmaker Keith Malloy takes surfing back to its source. Bringing us those most dedicated proponents of the glide, those watermen and women who inhabit a world close to the curl - a world of handplanes, bodysurfing and pure stoke.?
This is Keith's debut film, shot primarily on 16mm, and focuses on the simplicity and beauty of bodysurfing. In it he explores the history and progression of the sport through its many unique characters. "It's about taking a breath, and kicking your feet, in the big blue sea." ?Filmed at locations from the North Shore, Teahupoo, Mentawais and Cloudbreak to Nantucket and The Wedge, this film features stunning cinematography from the likes of Jeff Hornbaker, Don King, Thomas Campbell, Cyrus Sutton and Dave Homcy.
The film has its European Premiere at the London Surf / Film Festival on Saturday 15th October and Keith will be there to talk about his film and all things waveriding. Grab a ticket here.
Chris Nelson caught up with Keith to discuss his debut.
What drew you to waveriding as a child?
K.M. Being in the water and then riding waves at the same time was the most fun thing I could think of doing as a kid. For me waveriding has always been about having as much fun as possible!
Where you inspired by having brothers who surfed, did this push you to surf harder?
Yeah, my Dad and Brothers all surfed so it was a big part of our lives. As a kid it wasn't a competition, it was just having fun. As we got older we did compete against each other, but it wasn't a big deal. I think there are other sets of brothers in the surf world who are way more competitive then we are. I guess we always just felt lucky to be doing it together.
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