Jack McCoy has captured many iconic moments in surfing from underwater. Here, Jack is in his element during the filming of A Deeper Shade of Blue. Photo: McKenna
Jack McCoy has been documenting the act of riding waves for over 30 years, releasing films that focus on all different aspects of surfing. From the far-out and never serious Bunyip Dreamin’, to the story of surfing’s divergent paths in Blue Horizon, Jack seems to have covered all the bases. With A Deeper Shade of Blue, however, he had a more specific goal in mind. “When I ask the kids around here who Gerry Lopez is they go, ‘Oh, is that Cory Lopez’s brother?’” says McCoy. “You can ask them about the Duke, and they go ‘He’s some old guy who surfed.’” Jack started to see a fundamental disconnect between the younger generation of surfers and the roots of our sport. He might be right. Surfing today is an entirely different activity than when the Duke was gliding across Hawaiian peaks on a wooden slab, and these roots may be hard to explain to groms who haven’t even been alive as long as Kelly Slater has been winning world titles.
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