Castles in the Sky, Mr. Taylor Steele's newest surf flick, had its San Diego premiere to a packed house last Wednesday May 19th at the iconic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. Second in the Sipping Jetstreams series, Castles did not disappoint. Trekking viewers across five continents and seeing over sixteen different surfers do their thing, it's fair to say that this film is not going to be cast into the common mold that defines so many a movies these days.
Focusing on scenery, culture, and native people in lieu of wave quality, Castles allowed the viewer to slide in there with the crew as part of the journey and physical experience. Yes, at times I will admit that the action was nowhere near that of the hi-fi shredability you'll find in a Modern Collective, but what's lacking in alley oops is surely made up for in personality and beautiful scenery. Say what you will about Taylor and his films, but Castles in the Sky will be atop Taylor's classics list for a long time to come.
4 out of 5 shakas–Although the crew was star studded there were no breakout moves or anything that will make you hit the rewind button until it stops working. Very similar to Sipping Jetstreams, although there wasn't really any session that came close to Kelly at Soup Bowls. Watch this movie because you love to travel and soak in what the world has to offer while finding new things (waves) and meeting new people. Don't watch this movie to psych up for a session or learn how to land air-reverses.—Carl Steindler