Tunes And Trains: The Union Express Premiere

The historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas has seen more surf movie premieres than almost any other theatre in the world. Photo: Mimi L.
The historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas has seen more surf movie premieres than almost any other theatre in the world. Photo: Mimi L.

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

Check out the Cote's Cube with Timmy Curran talking about The Union Express.

Check out the tour dates on the next page, and if it's coming to your area make sure to be there. And if it’s not, download a copy of The Union Express on iTunes.

Timmy and his band played a rad little eight song set, which was a good precursor to the movie. Photo: Mimi L.
Timmy and his band played a rad little eight song set, which was a good precursor to the movie. Photo: Mimi L.
Kassia Meador getting some insight into the movie from Damo Hobgood who surfed with Timmy around SD in the movie. Photo: Mimi L.
Kassia Meador getting some insight into the movie from Damo Hobgood who surfed with Timmy around SD in the movie. Photo: Mimi L.
Encinitas steez. Photo: Mimi L.
Encinitas steez. Photo: Mimi L.
The view from the balcony seats at the La Paloma. Photo: Mimi L.
The view from the balcony seats at the La Paloma. Photo: Mimi L.
A few ladies, Timmy's manager Rick DeVoe, some more peeps, and Carlsbad's Taylor Knox. Photo: Mimi L.
A few ladies, Timmy's manager Rick DeVoe, some more peeps, and Carlsbad's Taylor Knox. Photo: Mimi L.

Head to page 2 for the rest of the photos and tour dates for The Union Express.

Timmy jamming. Photo: Mimi L.
Timmy jamming. Photo: Mimi L.
TransWorld SURF's Chris Cote enjoying the finer things in life. Photo: Mimi L.
TransWorld SURF's Chris Cote enjoying the finer things in life. Photo: Mimi L.
A view from the seats. Photo: Mimi L.
A view from the seats. Photo: Mimi L.
One lucky kid got a free stick off Timmy's good buddy Ben Bourgeois. Photo: Mimi L.
One lucky kid got a free stick off Timmy's good buddy Ben Bourgeois. Photo: Mimi L.
Timmy taking some time after the event to sign stuff and kick it with the frothing groms. Photo: Mimi L.
Timmy taking some time after the event to sign stuff and kick it with the frothing groms. Photo: Mimi L.


Apr 23 2010
8:00P
The Union Express & VerseS Premiere and show at Downtown Brew
San Luis Obispo,California

Apr 24 2010
8:00P
The Union Express & VerseS Premiere and show at Rio Theater
Santa Cruz, California

May 1 2010
8:00P
House Of Rock
Corpus Christi, Texas

May 5 2010
8:00P
Phineas Phogg's @ Seville Quarter
Pensacola, Florida

May 6 2010
7:00P
The Roc Bar
Jacksonville, Florida

May 7 2010
8:00P
Orpheum
Tampa, Florida

May 9 2010
8:00P
Backroom
Orlando, Florida

May 12 2010
8:00P
Guanabanas
Jupiter Beach, Florida

May 13 2010
8:00P
The Culture Room
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

May 14 2010
8:00P
Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar
Cape Canaveral, Florida

May 15 2010
8:00P
Beachside Tavern
Smyrna Beach, Florida

May 16 2010
8:00P
Hirams
Sebastian, Florida

May 18 2010
8:00P
Live Wire
Savannah, Georgia

May 19 2010
8:00P
The Windjammer
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

May 20 2010
8:00P
Soap Box
Wilmington, North Carolina

May 22 2010
8:00P
Jewish Mother
Virginia, Virginia

May 29 2010
8:00P
Surflodge
Montauk, New York

May 30 2010
8:00P
Surflodge
Montauk, New York