Saw the new movie tonight by Kai Neville entitled, "Dear Suburbia." The film was shown in the back courtyard at Channel Island Surf Shop in Santa Barbara. This is the 3rd showing since the international premier at the US Open in Huntington Beach about a week ago.
Neville is widely known for his movies, "Modern Collective" and "Lost Atlas." Surfers featured include Dane Reynolds, Yadin Nicol, Conner Coffin, Evan Geiselman, Jordy Smith, Julian Wilson, Craig Anderson, Mitch Coleborn, John John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Chippa Wilson and Dusty Payne. Surfed locations were in Japan, Australia (2x), Barbados, and ?US. There were stunning surf scenes in barrels; including barrels in Japan.
Movie segments are broken up by absurd images such as a semi-nude model eating iced doughnuts from a sword (doughnuts skewered by sword through holes) and bizarre litte trophies / whimsical busts. These images and the title humorously poke fun at the absurd surfing free-style surfing in this film. While the surfing is outlandish, the footage clarity is beyond description. Moving surf footage is so clear that it is better than being there. In addition, shots and angles are simply jaw dropping.
The movie was free (!). Prior to the movie, Wahoo tacos were served for free(!). Also prior to the movie, free raffle tickets were given out and beau coup prizes were "raffled" for free (!). There were 2 grand prizes which were surfboards bearing signatures of Dane Reynolds and Yadin Nicol. Both Dane and Yadine were present to handout thier boards.
Would I see this movie again? Without hesitation.