“Cold Thoughts,” the latest chapter in the fascinating story of Huntington Beach, California, surfer and filmmaker Timmy Turner, is set to debut this Fall.
Turner’s award-winning, 2004 release, “Second Thoughts,”is in part responsible for the first-person, journal-entry narrative so pervasive in surf filmmaking today.
Mind you, these were the pre-GoPro days, a time before every kid on every street corner was documenting their every move, every trip to 7-11, and every kickflip off the mini-kicker in their driveway.
“Hi, my name’s Timmy Turner and what you are watching is my last wave in Indonesia before I woke up in the hospital…”is the chilling refrain featured in the film’s opening sequence, a reference to the virulent strain of the staphylococcus bacteria which infected Turner’s brain and nearly took his life. Juxtaposed against the board-cam image of Turner winding his way through a breathtakingly long tube ride, it’s a harsh reminder of the dangers of feral travel in the tropical Third World.
Turner’s voice-over narration sets the stage for his dramatic hospitalization, subsequent recovery, and difficult rehabilitation. It also sets in motion a complete lifestyle change built around avoiding the Tropics or risk re-acquiring another bout of staph. And thus the plot for “Cold Thoughts” is galvanized.
Now a family man, his decision to go again on the hunt for lonely, frightening waves (this time wrapped up in very thick wetsuit rubber, as opposed to the much thinner neoprene worn in “Second Thoughts”) is not as easy as it once was, and the specter of life-threatening, invisible bugs around every corner never wavers. Turner’s story of resilience and determination is reason enough to get a copy of his new film, let alone the amazing point-of-view cinematography.
Below is a look back at “Second Thoughts” and a teaser for “Cold Thoughts” courtesy of VerbTV: