I cruised over to Newport Beach last night to check out the much-anticipated premier of, A Fly In The Champagne, at the Lido Theater. It’s the new Billabong/Quiksilver movie. Yeah that’s right, Billabong and Quiksilver sponsored this movies because it’s all about rivalries. And by rivalries I really only mean one, Kelly Slater and Andy Irons, and the battle for surfing supremacy.
So much has been written and covered about these two, and the battles they’ve been through, so I’m not going to bore you with that shit. Well, actually I am because that’s what the movie is about. Kelly’s got nine titles, Andy’s got three. Andy has a hot wife, Kelly’s got a hot girlfriend. It goes on and on, but one thing is for sure, these two are not only two of most talented surfers in the world, they’re probably the two most competitive as well.
The last six world titles have been decided by one or the other, and they’ve fought against each other for last four and half years (Kelly was still retired when Andy won his first, and Andy gave up about half way trough the tour last year). This flick takes you back to those years, and gives you a look into what each was thinking. I think that’s why they called it A Fly in the Champagne, kind of like when people say, “Man I wish I was a fly on the wall for that conversation,” but since Kelly and Andy were winning so much it’s champagne instead.
The film brings you into some of their infamous moments. Like the time Kelly walked into the house Andy was staying at when they were in a heated title battle, or the time Andy beat Kelly in the final of the Pipe Masters. I was at the Volcom house for that, it was pretty, pretty, pretty rad. There’s been a bunch, like the “Was Kelly Overscored?” heat at Bells, or their “Battle Under the Bridge” in Japan.
Anyway, the film takes you through all that and then follows them on a trip to Indo with Pottz, Dorian and Ross Williams. So yeah, check it out when it comes out on DVD March 15th.
Oh yeah, and if you ever come home from a movie premier after you’ve been drinking, don’t attempt to kick what you think is a cardboard box and is really a bundle of fire wood. That’s how you break your toe.