Online surfing community The Inertia is launching a new documentary film series, an initiative that aims to tell surfing stories from around the world via the art of film. The first installment of the series, titled “Sine Qua Non,” is a 24-minute short film that documents the mentality, risks, and lifestyle asosiated with pursuing some of the world’s most monstrous waves through the eyes of big wave surfer Greg Long. The film's title, “Sine Qua Non,” is a Latin phrase, which roughly translated means, "Without which, [there is] nothing."
"Anyone with a pulse and a beating heart should find the stories in this series compelling," said Zach Weisberg, founder of The Inertia. "And I believe there are plenty of them to go around in the world of surfing. We're especially thrilled to begin with Greg Long – he's an exceptionally thoughtful and articulate guy, a great ambassador for the larger surfing community and he paints a vivid picture of what it means to dedicate one's life to pushing the limits of what's humanly possible through the pursuit of big waves."
The film is directed by Richard Yelland of Curtis Birch Inc., who most recently directed and produced Nike's “12 Miles North,” the story of the first African American surfer. Yelland also produced "Floating: The Nathan Gocke Story," which earned him Best Short Documentary at 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase.
"What’s compelling about Greg Long’s story is that it goes beyond surfing," said Yelland. "It’s about realizing your extreme passion and pursuing it without question. If you know what you can’t live without, then you will chase your dreams without compromise. In that regard, you cannot fail – no matter the consequences."
“Sine Qua Non” can be viewed in its entirety and downloaded for free at theinertia.com