Watch: Pentecoastal

Stu Nettle
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Words don't flow easily on a Sunday morning, but even during my more lucid moments I couldn't have topped the following, so rather than an objective description of Wade Goodall's new film I'll leave you with the self-penned promo:

“PENTACOASTAL” was inspired by the tonalities of Australian cult cinema. Directors Wade Goodall & Shane Fletcher have merged these filmic elements within the body of a surf film through emotive animations, an undulating soundscape, and a subliminal narrative which follows a quasi-recursive map depicted by a pentagram drawn on the map of Australia. “

"A recollection of Australasian exploration following a quasi-recursive map, with elemental moments of expressive wave worship.”

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SA Wetdog commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 10:02am

Didn't enjoy the music. Sick waves, very well filmed to not show land marks at waves. That's it, I'm going on a road trip!!!!!

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Schreinermeister commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 10:56am

That was bullshit good. It doesn't get better than that last section. Wade is one of the best.

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Simon Ozzie commented Monday, 25 May 2020 at 12:13am

Good call, he surfs with such power and grace with what looked like mutant P-pass. Hats off :)

Good to see 'local' spots protected

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freeride76 commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 11:09am

was lucky enough to surf with Wade during the peak day of TC Uesi.
he was on a 7'10" and drawing amazing lines on TOH point waves.

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NickT commented Monday, 18 May 2020 at 7:39pm

Classic I was surfing the same point that day, what a day it was

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Gra Murdoch commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 11:20am

Amazing surfing, great filming, great editing, great music, sweet animations top n tail. (Super eight-y footage of quirky australiana, desert/road textures and beerzzz with the boyyyyz, well... that's the 'art' box ticked). Topped off with hilarious piss-take 'artist statement' promo. Fabulous!

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Erik999 commented Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 11:21am

Hi Graham, just woke up, tuned into Swellnet & saw Pentecoastal - saw yr comment - MY NAME IS GLEN MURDOCH - half asleep, thirst I'd written yr comment, shitted myself, now awake. Good comment YOURS ! I thort film extraordinary, multi-media qualities , from intro animation, loved th music, eaves, of course unbelievable, then brilliant photography of shots of lone land e.g. one DEAD tree by self, one surfer , country towns then RADICAL SURFING 5stars. Maybe we'll meet one day fr c.f. a surf & a beer Gra, CHEERS MATE GLEN

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freeride76 commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 12:28pm

yeah, just watched it.
sick. I'm a sucker for that dark mood intense soundtrack.
how fucking good was that last seq of Wade at P-pass?

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Solitude commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 12:55pm

Really enjoyed that. Refreshing to watch a surf film of that length. Seems to be a rarity these days. Wade has a fantastic style, very underrated. If I recall some horrific leg injuries when he was younger.

Last section was masterful. Looked very difficult and unfriendly. Well done.

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ryder commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 1:26pm

And the award for outstanding contribution to SA Tourism goes to...

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Blowin commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 2:11pm

Bloke shreds. Such a delicate touch at times.

I liked this quote ( via Beachgrit ):

On staying relevant away from the tour, “I don’t give a shit about staying relevant. I surf because I love it. If your main concern is staying relevant then you’re on the cow’s tit and milking it hard. I don’t want to do that.”

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bipola commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 2:13pm

good

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Lanky Dean commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 2:25pm

Brilliant .

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dan1 commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 2:29pm

Was lucky enough to watch him live at ppass on that day, unbelievable surfing.

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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 2:32pm

Was it as heavy as it looks? You get a few?

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dan1 commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 2:50pm

Didn’t get any like Wade, and on the biggest day it was above my pay grade so I was a spectator - he was a step above.
I’d have to say it was heavier than it looked.

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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 3:36pm

Would of been a sick experience for you anyway

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southey commented Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 12:23am

notice how at that size its starts missing the reef .
And near where they flick off there is a Coral head the size of a Combi that pretty much pops out of the water when these size sets roll in . Super critical at this size .

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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Solitude commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 7:09pm

It looked heavy mate. Normally it looks like a super makeable tube. Some of the foam balls Wade negotiates were for the elite only.

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Island Bay commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 6:33pm

I loved it. The surfing, filming, editing, colour palette, soundtrack.

Always had a soft spot for Wade's surfing, and fuck if he hasn't gotten better. That mix of brutal and deft.

Last part was unbelievable.

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Westofthelake commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 7:03pm

As above.
10 out of 10 for creativity and quality.
8 out of 10 for the sounds.
HD, Full Screen,
beautiful.
(Not a car enthusiast but I did notice the SLR5000)

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Dannon commented Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 6:52am

Was a Commodore westy.

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wbat commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 7:38pm

Great. Punchy in every way.

Cool art.

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ringmaster commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 8:26pm

Wade Goodall surfs better than most of the C.T imo.

That film was sick!!!

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P'tai commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 8:41pm

MMMM SLR 5000, beautiful, Ive got a lime green one in the garage!

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Westofthelake commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 8:53pm

Ha I knew someone would get it.
Lime geen eh, Sweet as.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 10:05pm

Awesome! I'm guessing to help fund your retirement.

My uncle had a dark green HK Monaro with the black stripe running from boot to bonnet. Factory cream interior. Would be worth a mint these days.

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P'tai commented Monday, 18 May 2020 at 4:35pm

That it is my good man, snuggled to the EH Wagon!

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mikehunt207 commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 9:00pm

old footage, saw the Aus stuff with Dane and Harry who 2 years ago in a surfers journal. I guess the travel bans are a good opportunity to rehash the old stuff. At least they (mostly) didnt show too many landmarks. Some good surfing no doubt.

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mattlock commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 9:41pm

Great vid. Cool imagery. Cool vibes. How good is that piece of weed at 20:42 ?

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mattlock commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 9:49pm

And the texture of the water at 21:57. Yeehah.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 10:04pm

Way cool vid. Really well put together.

Loved it.

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stunet commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 10:07pm

Would love somehow to see footage of big P'Pass filmed from in front rather than the channel view. It's all about that last bowl section but you dont get a sense of speed with the camera looking into the barrel, nor any sense of how deep the surfers is.

Short of building a tower like Cloudbreak that view is impossible.

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Andrew P commented Monday, 18 May 2020 at 9:45am

That's true Stu. Closest i got was on my first boat ride out there running adjacent to the wave before hitting the channel. Was 6-8 foot with bigger sets. Watching huge blue walls of water turn into huger whitewater clouds of spit and spray, and then dwarfed surfers exiting after the spit. You could clearly see them gunning to backdoor sections but not how thick the lips were. It actually looked more makeable once the boat was in the channel looking into the barrel

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Ray Shirlaw commented Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 10:40pm

Tourists? on those waves? After driving20 hours in the wrong direction goodluck to 'em

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fcalmon commented Monday, 18 May 2020 at 7:41am

Why can't we have just good waves and good surfers without the arty farty stuff?? The bad soundtrack we can mute but can't get rid of the 'art' sections.... I might be getting too old for this...

90% of what you know was told to you....

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tiger commented Monday, 18 May 2020 at 8:39am

Wade is a surfer who's really slipped through the cracks. I remember him as an uber talented grom. One of those kids who were miles ahead of their age group, and an already fully developed style and technique by the time they were 12 years old. He was basically the 2nd coming of Parko, and being groomed in the same way by Billabong. He kind of disappeared off the radar over the years, a combination of injury, sponsorship loss, etc. Refreshing to see footage of him now at peak potential. Plenty of power and grace to go with the above the lip trickery. Sick flick!

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Fonzie commented Monday, 18 May 2020 at 10:09pm

That was epic, loved it. Thank you.

Wilbur Kookmeyer's alter ego.

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FiveMill commented Monday, 18 May 2020 at 11:11pm

I thought the movie was pretty good the first time I watched it. Then I re-watched it with the volume higher and it was even better!

The last segment really steals the show though, just incredible!

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t-diddy commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 12:06am

so siiiicccc! epic music, dark af;
Wade looks to be surfing better than ever

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Pops commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 12:19pm

Wow

He who hesitates is lost

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Max Wax commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 3:38pm

That was mental! 10/10 for that one and very fitting music

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Craig commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 7:12pm

God, 10/10 as well, music, footage, visuals and Wade, jeezus what an animal and talent. That last session wrestling and taming those raw very heavy beasts. Amazing.

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 7:13am

I’m half way through it now but I’m throwing down movie of the year.
Loving it.
Not so much makes you want to go surfing, more reaffirms the life choices we make to be surfers

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batfink commented Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 6:58pm

Just 6 minutes in. Will have to put it in the 'watch later' bin for the moment. I love that music, so apt. There's a point where surfing goes from fun to serious business. A lot of those waves look hairy for consequences, and I'll check 'em again for technique on fast breaking dredgy waves. Great.

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batfink commented Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 9:49pm

Watched it through. Wow.

The airs and all that, I can appreciate the skill, but watching their technique on dredgy waves, and the turns early on, just fantastic, a study in artistry.

In all forms of sport/physical endeavour - how do you know they are good - they make it look easy.

Some of those take offs - man I could only dream about them. Going right on what is clearly a left, just good instincts - acquired knowledge - freaking great study.

So much to learn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pops commented Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 1:04pm

Sean Doherty's done a great writeup on the other site. Worth a read.

He who hesitates is lost

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Island Bay commented Sunday, 24 May 2020 at 4:24pm

Heck yeah. Good writing, Sean D.

Can't wait to watch it again.

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MidWestMonger commented Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 2:06pm

Good vid, i liked it all.
Surfing windy KI without a hood = exostosis surgery later
Good aussie connection, Vans buying in.
Lucky we dont have eyes in the back of our head, if Wade saw behind him on that last one

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tango commented Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020 at 10:54pm

That's just lifted the bar nicely. I felt myself swaying in my chair at the end of some of those turns...