Ezekiel begins production this summer on “The Calling”, a newlook surf movie profiling the lifestyles, personalities and surfingprowess of Ezekiel team riders Greg Browning, Conan Hayes,Jeremy Heit, Jeremy Sommerville and Pascal Stansfield.
Browning, a veteran shredder from Manhattan Beach came up withthe title while driving by himself in his car.”Everyone has acalling,”he says.”but not everybody gets to find out what theirs isbecause they have to work or what ever it is they get stuck in.”Butfor us, a higher power is calling us to surf.”
Shot in 16mm and digital video,”The Calling” takes place at thehome breaks of each surfer then culminates with a trip to theMentawai Islands in early August. ” I’m hoping for barrels,” saysMalibu local Stansfield, “No turns, just barrels. I can do turns herein Malibu.”
Heit, who describes his hometown of Oceanside as a place full of”underground surfers who kill it”, says he’s looking forward tosurfing uncrowded Indonesian waves with Vinnie De La Pena,organizer of the trip. “I’m proud of my team riders,” says Vinnie,”And I want to make a movie that shows off their talents as surfersas well as people.”
Recently married Conan Hayes will take time out of his travelschedule as a touring Professional surfer in the top 44 to go to Indowith the Ezekiel team. From Kona, Hawaii, Hays excels when thewaves get gnarly. “What can I say about Conan,”says Vinnie. “Ilike his style, both in and out of the water.”
Sommerville, a classic anti-establishment surfer from SolanaBeach,”surfs so radical he’ll blow your mind.” Says Vinnie. “he’slike and actor. He’ll go along with the program, but that’s definitelynot him.”
“The Calling”, a surf movie about real people called by the rhythmsof our ocean a movie about time, a movie about space and whatlies beyond, a movie about higher powers. Check it out thisChristmas 2000.