The winter of 2009/2010 was one of the best in recent years to grace the Pacific (we love El Niño years). Pro surfer/musician Timmy Curran and filmmaker Josh Landan couldn’t have picked a better time to film The Union Express.
Saturday, April 17th Timmy brought his band and film to the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. They opened up with an eight song set consisting mostly of tracks off Timmy’s new album VerseS—just the right amount of Timmy’s blend of jazz/blues/rock to set the tone for a surf flick.
The Union Express documents Timmy’s travels on Amtrak up and down the California coast to meet up with friends to surf as many different offerings the Pacific can conjure up. Hitting San Fran with Ben Bourgeois and Keith Malloy, visiting Nate Tyler at his authentic Mongolian yurt, surfing at home in Ventura with brother Nate and Dane Reynolds, and charging hefty OC surf with Cory Lopez were just a few of the many highlights throughout Timmy’s train-fueled journey.
There’s something about being able to travel by train—it’s less demanding than driving or flying. You can just sit back, await your destination, and take in the ever-changing landscape that is the California coast. Mix in some top pros and the El Niño year that we had this year and you get some incredible surfing for a travel flick. Landan’s approach also blended a good medium of personality, artsy, and psych you up to surf.
Leaving the theater I surely felt like I wanted to go paddle out right that moment—the exact feeling a surf movie should leave you with.—Ryan Brower