2004 marks a steady climb in the popularity of the surf flick.
The popularity of surf videos exploded in 2004 with the release of a slew of high video releases including action flicks, art films, biographies, documentaries and just about every other genre you could think of barring the surf porno. In the surf world, a good gauge of surf video proliferation can be measured at the world famous surf theatre, La Paloma in Encinitas, California. It seemed like every Thursday over the whole summer had lines of surf fans circling the block. And it wasn’t just quantity, it was quality.
In February, Taylor Steele released Campaign which became his most successful movie to date, both financially and personally. “I’m really proud of Campaign.” Said Taylor. “For that kind of genre of film, I think I did exactly what I was trying to do.”
Other big hits included an amazing documentary style biography film made by Jack McCoy called Blue Horizon. Jack spent most of the year touring the world to packed houses as far away as New York City.
Matt Gye and his supercrew of filmmakers recently released one of the best flicks of the year, a not to be missed movie called A Day In The Life.
Tim Turner’s, Second Thoughts captured the imagination and brought out the feral in all of us. It took home the Surfer magazine video of the year.
Greg Browning’s Drive Thru Series had an amazing year with not one, but two releases. Drive Thru Australia was a big hit with viewers and Drive Thru South/Central America appears to have what it takes to be yet another notch in Browning’s hit belt.
Renowned artist Thomas Campbell’s latest film Sprout has made waves in the film world.
Other notable releases included the biography of Brendan “Margo” Margieson, titled Wanderjahr, Globe’s Somewhere Anywhere Everywhere, The Ross Clarke Jones Bio called The Sixth Element, Yield, Rusty’s Scissors Paper Rock, Billabong’s Stepping Stones, Through The Looking Glass, and A Broke Down Melody just to name a few.