Watched the film?
Now click aboard for a rambling conversation with writer/producer Vaughan Blakey about Tom Curren.
He still rips
I really enjoyed that.
total fruitloop and still a surfing genius.
I love the way he just went straight and waited for the wave to do it's thing.
boards went great too.
All twinnies too, yet no undue effect on his style - still effortless.
it was a bit of a renaissance I reckon.
seen footage of Tom in the last few years waving his arms around on those skimboards and it made me feel sad.
his style here was so minimalist, it was as if he'd shaved off anything superfluous to an already perfect style.
mesmerising, as IB said.
Fuck. That was mesmerizing, and very refreshing.
Tom to a T. How good is surfing!!
Hearing Joe Turdpel in the middle of that was as welcome as an out-of-tune violin solo.
Hearing Joe Turdpel in the middle of that was as welcome as an out-of-tune violin solo.
Nailed it! I wonder if anyone likes his commentating?
Yep, Joey nailed it, again. Best surf com goin. Yo.
Me thinks Joe was taking the piss out of himself. He knows he gets paid not to leave a spare second of blank space in case the spell is broken as viewers realise that the WSL heat they are watching is boring.
I thought it was all a bit of a splice job?
I am the bone
inspirational flow master; glad he's not my dad
Just finished breaky over the usual news feed read on my phone, Republicans still in denial and looking even more radical and insane, Mr Xi Jinping flexing his might in Taiwan and worst of all the surf is totally screwed, so feeling somewhat deflated I watch this. From the second he slipped and split the plank I was in, and enjoying Tom's surfing and his Sienfeldish behavior. A much better 2nd start to the day, then I see Mr V Blakey's name in the credits and it got better, and made sense. Good movie.
Interview with Vaughan posted shortly...
Love how casual he was.. waiting, then when he needed to, pulled the trigger and was off! That tube style, so smooth and fast/flying on the twins!
Hell yeah would love to have a quarter of his composure in overhead surf.
No rushing, no unnecessary movements just pure fuzzy focus.
Fuck that opening sequence made me laugh!
Reckon Blakey is the perfect person to capture Curren's goofiness. Don't reckon I've ever laughed so much during a surf vid.
Makes the dancing bears of the Wozzle look so strained and ridiculous.
Andy which ever way you swing with the wozzle, how good has it been since they've been off air, it almost feels like we're back to grass roots level. Shapers and not fashion houses are flat out, the stars aren't vying for our attention and movies like this promote discussions about ourselves rather than the corporate script. Covid in an unexpected way has bought things back to basics.
bahhaahahahahahaha dancing bears ...gold
Yep best opening sequence to a surf movie I can remember, totally unexpected.
please tell me there's a long version coming
a long version with all the arguments between tom and buggs included! hehe
That was fantastic! I usually HATE drone footage, but that looked incredible.
me too. when I first saw the drone footy, I thoght it was gunna be a chore but it was the opposite.
always prefer seeing the whole ride rather than a turn etc in isolation, but this went next level showing the wave way before he even paddled for it.
(Cosmic) With Wrigleys Spearmint Aluminium for better reception. Followed by wry cheshire like grinning. Vintage Curren! Love it.
That was awesome! I agree with FR, I normally find endless drone shots a bit tedious but that was beautiful. That wave actually looks way harder to surf on the bigger days than TC made it look. Just effortless how he navigated the steps and bubbles.
The Turpel bit was freakin hilarious.
As was "definisson" ha ha ha
That was sick
Anyone else wonder if Mason Ho has copped a few of TC's mannerisms and deliveries?
Or is it the other way round?
Or are they both independently quirky?
Cool video and good to see how batshit out there TC is (a compliment in this world full of blandness! Give me an original any day), but man, in the spirit of the recent article....Someone call me a doctor cause I got a bad, bad case of FOMO!
My 5 year plan (just like Mao!) is to travel Australia indefinitely from July, wait until I get bored/COVID is cured, go to that country as a temporary resident and live all along that coastline from there, all the way to the west until it gets too hairy. Then back again. Then back again until I get bored, although given the waves on offer, it might be a while. Coming from the GC, I dream of long period, powerful, low wind beachies and dreamy, uncrowded points. I love the people as well.
You guys can have Indo and going to jail for smoking a fucking joint. Quiero unas olas chingadas!
+1 on this! Can't wait to get back there!!
I like it how someone's talking and he's playing that circus style keyboard. Not one fuck was given. He's definitely feeling loose enough here to be himself. Still the benchmark for style on a surfboard after all these years.
Bloke's got it wired. In his mid 50's still surfing on Rip Curl's dime and no doubt they bankroll other aspects of his life as well.
No responsibility.......don't even have to remotely pretend to give a fuck......just wax up and paddle out when you feel like it and draw those nice lines with that classic Curren style.
Perfect life scam. Miki Dora would be proud of him.
Tom and Micky are both originals no doubt, however they are the polar opposites in so many other ways.
But neither of them ever worked a day in their life mainly due to their sublime surfing skills and weird arse personalities. That's something pretty unique to have in common......especially in this day and age!
the begining is hilarious . i keep going back to it . and laugh some more .
What’s he doing to that CI board in the credits? Grinding off the tail pad and putting foam up the rails to give the deck a spoon shape? It wouldn’t change the water displacement like a normal spoon though? Anyone have an idea or care to elaborate?
Great film and expected nothing less from TC, Vaughan Deadly and Nick.
He's been using PVC for float, replacing the volume lost by going ultra-thin with knifey rails.
Seen a few instances of Tom sticking on or ripping off PVC to find the right volume.
Thanks for the reply Stu -
I’ve just had a look at his Instagram... He’s like a mad hatter with that foam!
Loved it so much I watched it twice.
Sooo much fun - the opening rock dance and fall just sets the whole movie up for enjoyment - and Vaughn was right, I watched then I surfed, then watched again. Effortless, classic, who gives a shit surfing - I must get me some of those fins.
That was weird but it did strangely still work and Tom seems to be surfing better than footage from a few years ago, cool looking set up too.
That style on twins, is he Torren Martyn’s dad? loved the vid , very cool
I've been waiting all day to watch this.
(Think I'm up for a mid-length twin- how do they go backhand?)
Just watched this then Red Monkey Full Moon and I'm convinced Blakey is a genius visual storyteller.
He’s bloody good isn’t he.
Pretty sure he did Doped Youth as well. Which was a classic and always on high repeat when I was in my late teens/early twenties
Ah that was just ace, with a great opening sequence worthy of the Cohens. He can still rip, from the ankle slappers through to the more consequential days, pure flow. Seems like he’d be a fun cat to hang with as well. Tough place to be stuck for lockdown.
Curren lives in his own world. Such a zaney cool guy. But his flow on a surfboard is undeniable!
Loved every bit of it.
Great vid. Loved the different angles on the waves, seeing the complete rides and the effortless transition from cruising to ripping (to cruising). Perfect soundtrack too.
I'm easily that eccentric.. where's my dosh?
Oh - the surfing.....
‘Tom-foolery’ ... he’s so strange and apparently impervious - s’pose it’s good that someone is, keeps things entertaining... or puzzling. Does anyone else wonder if he’s wired, ... or perhaps cooked himself over the years? Have things got progressively stranger?
...the minimalist jazz track at about 3:00 minutes dovetailed perfectly with the visuals - that made it all worthwhile for me ...
T.C's style absolute butter.
So sick to watch his bottom turns from the drone angle....a modern day treat to one of surfing's most observed and scrutinized manoeuvres by the master himself. I hope all the grom's watch this. Epic work Blakey.
Sick! Still ripping, all style, positioning, glide, throwing buckets of spray , modern day pros could learn a thing or two from TC
Yes, the eccentric master at work, he’s more lucid ie actually talking - well in tongues anyhoo. Lord his turns are still all carve with the zazz slide added on the shorter board making it still fucken cutting edge. The Lord.
the original space cadet.
I really liked it, but.... sometimes left feeling a bit dizzy by the constant moving drone (maybe too many reds last night ha ha) and I thought the keyboard on the beach was a bit much (guessing no 240V supply down there). Overall the story was cool but perhaps still sinking in a little.
Always love watching Tom surf though!! Watched from the beach at Bells as a young fella in the 80's and have been stoking out on the various US produced clips of Tom of the last six months or so. Perhaps just mix up the footage with a bit of traditional static zoom.
If I were a lecturer in film studies I'd suggest Curren has a monkey mind, forever distracted and entertained, and only able to enter a flow zone when he's standing on a board or perhaps playing music, and that Blakey has captured this with disorienting cuts and sound effects interspersed by long, gracefully ridden waves.
..he is like surfing's Dean Moriaty - 'on the road'..
beat surf er
Was that moss or some Mexican icky?
Watched it again last night, despite the obviously timeless surfing, the music really tied the vid together well.
3 months on a lonely point on the Baja Peninsula and only 15 mins of surfing. The remainder would make one hell of a B-Side...
Tidak Baja ini
Christ that was good. Some
Of those drone shooting follows etc were best piloting ever, editing sharp as a knife, and Joe Turpel taking the piss out of himself was exquisite.
"Look at this! A scrubber.........FREE scrubber!"
Must confess. I have watched that bit 3 times today. Very funny.
That was as ode to the joys of an empty right point break as much as Tom. Some pulled back shots gave that feel of anticipation when you confront such a rare luxury.
The part of the wave from 10.12 onwards where the drone goes behind Curren so you can see how it's stretching out in front of him...... Mind surfing the shit out of that right now.
I woke up so fucking grumpy this morning, shit going on, wind onshore etc, etc . I really, really wanted to call this out after all the hype leading up (albeit only days)..
Deadly, you prick. you forced me to grin. You forced me to chuckle you fucker. You forced me to watch it again this evening and fuck you for making me fucking smile all over again. Urgh.
I had to call the wife and kids in that opening minute. Would've love to hear Tom's commentary while splitting that board he probably conceived and nurtured to that point.
Boy, can he still surf. Not sure if he is putting a lot of the quirky stuff on...but being a drummer, I'd like to jam with him. Fucking artist on and off the the water.
It's a bit of a hoot isn't it! And yeah the best drone footy I've seen used. It revealed a lot. The amount of influence Curren had on Kelly's surfing. And that bar of soap glide Currens obviously chasing on the weird skimboards, at work on the twinnies.
Curren’s style was always about flow, minimalist body movement for maximum effect. He demonstrates it wonderfully here.
There are many downsides to getting older, but not having to prove yourself anymore is a big plus. Feels like he’s surfing for nobody except himself, which is as it should be. Love just enjoying yourself and getting into the rhythm and flow of the wave.
Could really use some time at that break, even though it was a right hander.
No offence to occ, but Toms surfing on that modified skimboard at bells in the heritage heat 2019 was a great thing to witness. It didn't do him any favours in the masters at the Azores event and was frustrating to watch but you got a sense he was onto something. It's starting to bare its fruit now
When are they going to release the board he's been working on with cis?
That was sick. Shame it was so short!
He who hesitates is lost
Tom's lines, the wave, the twinnies made my heart smile. I liked Joe's appearances too.
Tom's gardening really spoke to me; happy is the man who can appreciate a free scrubber.
He makes surfing look so easy and logical that I wonder why we all don’t surf like that
So much better than who throws the most spray wins ...just smooth flow and impecable timing ... reminds you why surfing can be so fuking addictive...
What an awesome surf flick. I didnt know Vaughan Blakey did stuff like that. Genius filming and editing. And genius choice of subject matter; Tom Curren, such an enigmatic, idosyncratic, unpretentious dude. There is so many surf clip/vids these days that its easy to click them off after a minute or so. I didn't want this one to end!
Silk in the water, quirk on the land. Brilliant.
I enjoyed that, still smooth as silk. And, yes, just like Pat was. Out there, his own man.
The U Turn
...a little Aloha goes a long way.