Two aging championship surfers spend the Southern Hemisphere’s winter months trekking out to big-wave hotspots off the Australian coast, using someone called a ‘surf forecaster’ (apparently a real job) to monitor oceanic swells and predict what region to hit. There’s some painfully staged basecamp stuff and a rather clumsy narrative, but with Red Bull – who have become the Medici of this sort of ludicrous behaviour – providing some serious equipment whenever we look to the ocean, Storm Surfers offers plenty to get the heart racing.
Storm Surfers 3D | Directed by Justin McMillan (Australia 2012) documentary. Starts September 19
Originally published in issue #119, September 2013