Today has been a great day in landlockedsville and has reminded me that city life doesn’t always totally suck. Of course the one key ingredient that could result in a brilliant day in the hustle and bustle of Birmingham, is surfing.
TVSC, a new independent online retailer of surf, skate and snow inspired clothing launched today and to celebrate, the guys involved screened a series of films dedicated to British board culture at the Electric Cinema. TVSC is the brainchild of Paul, president of the Birmingham Surf Club and as a few of the members were going along, I was looking forward to meeting them.
I invited my fellow landlocked surf friend whose wedding I went to recently. We hadn’t seen each other since the wedding so it was a great opportunity to catch up, grab some food and talk surf.
There were a series of short films before the two full length features. Two of the shorts particularly grabbed my attention including the beautifully captured ‘Edges of Sanity‘ by cold water company Finisterre. The haunting narrative added real depth to the surfing scenes which gave me goose bumps all over. Shot around British waters in the colder season, it was a perfect film to watch as we head into Winter. It showed a real sense of unity amongst the surfers, particularly in the closing scene as they join together after a day’s surfing, surrounded by food, shelter and warmth.
The other short which I loved was a British skateboarding film which focussed on old school street skating. As a big fan of Lance Mountain from the famous Bones Brigade, I love to watch this style of skateboarding and see how skaters use their urban surroundings to grind on stair rails and ollie over the simplest of things like bags or rubbish and concrete pillars.
The surprise of the day for me was an amazing snowboarding movie called Hallucinate. I had preconceptions of it being set in the Alps or a typical resort location but I was totally wrong. Filmed in urban surroundings, the snowboarders used just about everything to grind and rebound off. It was like watching a street skateboarding film but with layers of snow over everything. Amazing! I’m not doing it justice here so if you like all things ‘board’, hit the play button above!
The final film was Rip Curl’s ‘Live the Search Europe‘ by Lyndon Wake and Jayce Robinson. It charted their search for waves during the winter of 2103-14 and showed them scoring some monsters from the remote Outer Hebrides to Hoessegor in France. They also travelled to giant big wave spot Nazare in Portugal where they joined UK big wave rider Andrew Cotton on his quest to ride the biggest wave. It was a feast of epic waves and loads of barrels, interspersed with thoughts from the locals at each location. Beautifully filmed in true Rip Curl style!
Drinks after the screening gave me the chance to meet some of the guys from the surf club, including, wouldn’t you know it, someone who lives about a mile from where I live! It was great to trade surf stories, trip photos and chat about potential trips to new surf spots.
It was a great day and a fantastic start to a week’s annual leave, which continues with a little surf trip