Watch: Lost Track // Atlantic - Episode 2

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It's the latest drop from Torren Martyn and Ishka Folkwell, made with the help of needessentials.

I haven't seen it yet either and can't wait so....

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Sprout Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 1:25pm

Brilliant. Makes you think, what do you really need to be happy?

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ryder Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 1:36pm

Sensational...
The ending puts life into such a simple perspective!

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Ash Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 2:05pm

Great day for this to drop. It's cold, wet and onshore here so half an hour of Moroccan rights and Torryn on his long twinny is welcomed.

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surfstarved Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 2:13pm

Mind-boggling. Best surf soundtrack I've heard in ages, and the waves were epic. Very, very different to my experience in Morocco.

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Wyre Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 2:18pm

Can I just say that the music is such a standout on both episodes. it's such a great idea to get a band to put together a long player soundtrack, and it sounds amazing. Makes a huge difference to my enjoyment, which was already high with that display of surf and surfing.

He makes it look so easy!

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stunet Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 2:40pm

Had goosebumps you couldn't grind off when that Tinawriwen song came on.

Wailing desert guitar and blazing barrels. Woot!

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udo Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 3:10pm

Once again unfuckn real
Torren put some vibrant colours on your boards please.

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Island Bay Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 3:25pm

Epic - in every sense.

Found it somewhat comforting that Torren was struggling a little at **** (the first Moroccan spot). I thought that wave was screaming out for my 6'10 DS.

And yes, the kindness of strangers is a magic thing.

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hackonayak Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 3:37pm

Well.....aren't I doing life wrong..!!

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Shaun Hanson Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 3:42pm

Outstanding ...no egos no airs and no making every wave ....just great stuff

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zenagain Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 3:45pm

Saving this for tonight to watch on the big screen.

I'm brimming with anticipation.

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Dx3 Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 3:55pm

Yep, have been hanging for this to drop. Cold night, fire on, bottle of red watching the best surf content there is. I'm happy with life but I wish I was Torren Martyn, even just for a year. Bloke has life sorted.

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Spuddups Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 5:10pm

I dunno, it obviously is working for him as he seems a pretty well adjusted fellow, happy with his place in the world. Speaking only for myself, I spent most of my 20's chasing waves in various locations. While I would do the same thing if I had my life over again, once I got to 30 I started to find the whole thing a bit meaningless. There's something to be said for putting your roots down somewhere and committing to life in the more traditional sense. I take satisfaction in the work I have done and the relationships I have fostered; things that are difficult to do when you're spending your life chasing waves round the world. Now I'm nearly 50 and I'm emerging out the other side to a degree. The kids are getting older and we have the house paid off. Doing a fuck-load of surfing these days and I think I'm enjoying it more than I did in my 20's.
I'm not sure what I'm really trying to say here but I think some of you might be on the same page aye.

Oh yeah, getting back on topic, I farken' love Torren's films. My favourite surfing content on the web I reckon.

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stunet Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 5:23pm

I'm picking up what you're putting down, Spud.

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wedgell Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 6:02pm

This is great

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tango Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 8:12pm

I'm with you, up to the point where
a) the house won't be paid off for a while yet and
b) i just wish i could handle a flogging again without joints cracking and the fear of imminent injury. Oh to be bullet-proof, just for a day.

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Dx3 Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 8:14pm

Yep well said, can’t argue with any of that! I’m probably coming at it from the other angle, couple of ankle biters keeping me busy so whilst I surf a bit, few years away from the freedom to surf whenever I want. All part of the adventure though!

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groundswell Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 9:49am

Im with you no longer doing 6 month os trips just 4 weeks a year is fine, im renting which sucks cause i have inspections every three months and cant grow a small amount of dope.
Im not as fit as i was in my 20's either but getting warmer not surfing nearly as good as i was 21 years ago but im on a heavy diet and losing pounds daily.I hope i can get pitted this winter at a few spots around here on my shortboards, bodyboarding is easy though so that might do.

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seaslug Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 10:01am

Keep going groundswell, barrel time soon for you mate. I'm getting ready for my northern sojourn after the school holidays but as I expected, its the most crowded its ever been.

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groundswell Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:32pm

Ah right, are you visiting Kalbarri gnaraloo or exmouth? winds been shit here lately

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seaslug Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:39pm

Gnaraloo/Exy region mate

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ringmaster Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 3:52pm

Well I think it's fairly safe to say..........

Those guys FUCKEN SCORED BIG TIME!

Excellent flick from all angles.

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simba Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 4:00pm

All of the above....classic music ,classic waves and done with such humility and feeling and with a great message for all of us.....dont take life too seriously and enjoy it for what it is and respect each other....in the best top 5 surf movies ever made in my book.......

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Blowin Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 4:26pm

Amazing

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blackers Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 5:18pm

Very nice. Loved the tunes, and that wave at around 28 minutes, wow.

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dandandan Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 7:11pm

Agree with everything already said. Great waves, excellent surfing, great story, best music in a surf film in what feels like years! I love the honest discussion of how a good session makes you wander through life in euphoria, a renewed sense of the goodness in everything. Just existing on another level. Though if I had a session like the one at the start of the film I might just float off into outer space.

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linez Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 7:29pm

Yeah, fantastic. Loved the way it's been done... thoroughly enjoyed it from the soundtrack to the streetscape to the waves and the surfing.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 7:30pm

haven't watched the film but agree with Spuds.

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Finntim Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 7:37pm

Agree with all of the above. That was so cool. Well done to all involved and thanks.

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andy-mac Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 7:38pm

Loved that!
Thank you!!!

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stunet Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 8:08pm

Dig the wailing desert guitars of Tinariwen. Perfect music for surfing, especially on those waves, especially in that region.

OT: That band make camel dung of any poseur outfit that's played the bad boy schtick. Check their history for a wild rock and roll story.

Fave song...

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andy-mac Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:49am

Thanks for heads up, giving em a good listen....

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philosurphizing... Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 7:17am

A good starting point is their live performance on KEXP

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andy-mac Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 8:10am

Thanks, just listened/watched their Womad set from 2004....
Good tunes n vibes...

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Mcface Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 8:27pm

That was sensational and well worth the wait, soundtrack included.

Torren and Ishka sound like they are rock solid mates. There's something to be said for having a close mate that you can see eye to eye with who also shares the same passion for surfing. Makes those distant reccys all the more enjoyable, and you really form a strong companionship on the road and in the water. Much closer I believe than if you were simply travelling for travelling's sake.

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82shoes Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 8:26am

especially a close mate who films you surfing :)

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tango Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 9:23pm

That was stupendously good. I think these guys are going to be up there with the greats of surf flicks. The vibe, the music, the waves, the surfing, the artistry of the camera, even the sincerity of the message. And the paradox of showing Torren's mastery and fallibility. There just aren't enough superlatives.

And Matt from WA. Farkin legend effort from him from having a crack and from the boys for featuring him in their flick. That's about as good as it gets.

New benchmark.

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 9:24pm

yep, incredible surf film. cant add much more. so good

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Shaggydagz Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 10:51pm

I was just wondering today when this episode 2 would drop... Did a van trip around Europe and Morocco with a couple of mates years ago for
6 months,time slowed right down....
Brought back some good memories, cracking waves and good people....

Epic movie and sounds !!

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Johan Wohlleben Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 10:52pm

Awesome surf film! They scored after deciding on A mission-I guess not as hit and miss as the old days but effort and appreciation of travelling is so good to see. Oh my that guy can surf-draw your line slide at the bottom of a soon to be heaving barrel, stall, draw another line-repeat. Good stuff

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zenagain Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 11:06pm

Tread lightly, say g'day, stop and take some time to smell the roses.

Oh to be young again.

Loved it.

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GuySmiley Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 11:18pm

All of the above, great surfing and music ....

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Älskarhavet Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:09am

Agree with all of the above, amazing surf films. And the beauty of it is, it's only half way through, still two episodes to go.
For the quality of the waves they are getting, it's very uncrowded.

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tiger Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 7:07am

Love the pace of these guys surf films. And the way that Torren just let's the wave do the work.
You genuinely feel that they would've got just as much out of their experience with that old fisherman in his crazy cliffside dwelling, as with the mind boggling waves they scored. What travelling is all about.

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thermalben Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 7:25am

What a dream trip. 

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mikehunt207 Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 9:33am

Awesome waves , surfing and scenery, great surf clip!
Im guessing Torryn may be part the inspiration for the flood of cashed up east coast surfers / hipsters here in the west at the moment living in carparks in their flash troopcarriers and vans. One thing selling that dream to the devotees but maybe he could be the guy to steer them into some "respect" for their surrounds too ? (he did make a mention of it briefly).
Van crew parked up in the prime carparks all day, shitting all over the place in beach carparks and tracks, so much rubbish left , not to mention fish carcasses of late.
Not sure how it is been the east coast but WA and SA have been smashed by the illegal campers and the environment is feeling it. Free camping is cool and a lot of fun but use toilets somewhere, take your rubbish and ciggie butts away and maybe even stay in a caravan park or the like occasionally and spend a few bucks in the place you are visiting to surf,? People live and surf in these places you are camping, you are noticed and parking all day in the front row carparks, making a mess and then coming out and being hasslers in the surf is wearing itself out with locals surfers here.

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seaslug Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 9:46am

Hear hear Mike, unfortunately the van crew most probably won't read this and if they do will just ignore it. The boys are over it. A mob of south american surfers paddled out at the point, sat on the shoulder and then proceeded to drop it. Were told to fuck off by the crew in no uncertain terms.

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groundswell Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 10:00am

Same thing is happening here in Kalbarri since toilets have been installed near jakes point campervans, buses and other surf troopies etc are all camping near the toilets or blocking up the carpark which was half destroyed by cyclone seroja. cunts the lot of them cant afford $14 at the backpackers or $7 at the dedicated camping areas nearby.

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dandandan Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 10:38am

I feel like we need to develop a regulatory matrix of sorts. Have a home your renting out while you're away or investment properties? You have to stay in a caravan park and aren't allowed set waves. Got a drone in your van? No free camping for you. A large instagram following? Sorry, you have to pass your camera in at the car park. Sleeping in a delapidated station wagon, picking up rubbish, and unblocking the dunny when it's full? Prime parking position, priority use of the communal tap, and wave of the day.

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seaslug Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 11:01am

I'd vote for that dandandan

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:58pm

There has to come an end to all this, and then the old station wagon can reclaim it's mantle as #1 Surf Beast in a new world of respect and consideration that will come to pass...

(bonus points for an AU wagon "the cockroach" - too ugly to steal, but the flipside is incredible reliability and longevity)

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scrotina Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 10:39pm

lol well said

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tyzee63 Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 9:48am

I also appreciate the artistry that goes into these masterpieces, got me thinking about what a stark contrast this is to the "Billy" doco that was covered on the same swell. So much more grace, so much less ego. Love these guys.

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thermalben Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 11:21am

Yes! Perfect example.

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groundswell Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 10:01am

id really love to surf like Torryn

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:51pm

Singles and twinnies are your friend :)

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freeride76 Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 10:57am

hear hear Mike.
same problem here.

Its amazing to me, how little these cunts give.

take everything and give nothing seems to be the ethos.

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Island Bay Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 11:08am

Very similar over here. Freedom Crappers everywhere.

My local has a very nice secluded carpark with a view over Cook Strait and the South Island mountains.
I spend many hours cleaning the place up, but it's an uphill battle.

There's often someone camping there, and I take great (petty, I know) pleasure in tooting my horn loudly when showing up for the early.

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stunet Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 11:27am

Campers don't cause much problem down my way. They're there, and also at many other carparks on this coast, but I haven't been troubled in any way.

I see plenty of them making the rookie error of driving into the carpark overnight and taking pole position, only to be awoken at some ungodly hour by the morning crew gabbing away in the dark and having to shove the keys in the ignition while still half-asleep, then driving over to the other, quieter, side of the carpark.

Similarly, a mate of mine used to tour a lot with bands when he was young and the golden rule was to park the tour bus away from the rising sun.

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gsco Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 11:10am

really liked this. Great adventure, music, waves, surfing... Dreaming of being able to freely wander the earth in the near future again searching for meaning, exotic waves and women, good times and friendship.

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lomah Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 11:46am

beautiful piece of storytelling.
bravo.
encore.
its a wonderful place to wander around to the point where the surf just seems a bonus.
y2k news year eve was walking the streets when we heard this incredible music coming out of this building. stood outside completely captivated for a few minutes then decided we had to knock on the door. someone let us us in and led us to this big hall where dozens of locals were singing and jamming on all sorts of instruments. spent the rest of the night listening and partaking of whatever was passed our way. one of the peak musical moments of my life.
lets hope we can all travel again soon.

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Craig Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 11:51am

I'm one of those who'll sleep in the back of the wagon and not pay for campsite etc, but why pay 100's a night for an Air BnB or campsite when you're only there to sleep. In after dark and out before first light.. It doesn't make sense.

Will go all out at the local cafe/bakery/bowlo/pub during the day for pre/post surf feeds.

I won't park in a busy spot or the car park for the location we wish to surf, and instead always find a more discrete locale.

If in more remote areas I'll pay for a cheap site. Will crap in public toilets or do the old aqua poo out of site and in a free flowing zone, not a stagnant rock pool.

Just on the movie, another cracker and it's all I ever need. Adventure, pumping waves, good company along with meeting and hanging with the local crew and non-surfers to delve deeper into the culture and significance of the area and its inhabitants.

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mattlock Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:14pm

Have shovel for when aqua poo is impracticle.

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daisy duke kaha... Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 12:05pm

Guinness in the first eppy, bit of hasheesh here hey Torren?

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Blowin Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 1:04pm

That frisson of adventure is one of the sweetest feelings going. That’s the beauty of these movies, it goes far beyond the waves and gives a little taste of that heady dive into the unknown when we step out of our comfort zone. I love it all- the ferries, the airports, the bizarre local cuisines -all of it. Whether it’s a plane trip to another continent, hitching a ride with some beetle nut toothed locals or just pointing the car in one direction and flooring it for hours before boarding a boat bound for over the horizon it’s all an amazing feeling.

I’m doing the latter right now. Driving past zombie punters on the highway as they go about their daily routines, my face split with a smile like a slice of watermelon, beating out the tempo of the blaring stereo with my hands on the steering wheel. Had to stop singing a few hours back when I tried to go note for note with the fella from Ratcat during “ Dont go now” and did something pretty hectic to my larynx.

I’m sure I’ll still be hooting through the pain over the next few days.

Journey on people.

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D-Rex Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 1:20pm

Unreal movie, unreal waves. Also unreal, I suspect, is the vibe that 'everything is cool'. From the smartraveller website -
'Safety
Terrorism is a risk in Morocco. Tourist areas and public places are possible targets. Be alert to possible threats. Avoid known targets.
Westerners are at risk of kidnapping across North Africa. In Morocco, the risk increases in remote mountain areas, the south and border areas. Get professional security advice if you travel to these areas. Don't hike alone in mountain areas.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, is common. Tourists have been mugged when walking at night. Keep your belongings close. Don't walk in isolated areas or along dark streets at night.
Tourists may face aggressive begging and harassment, particularly near ATMs. Female travellers may be sexually harassed. Take care when using ATMs. If you're female, avoid walking or travelling alone.
Scams and fraud are common. These include double-charging credit cards, and replacing your purchased goods with lower-quality ones. Keep your credit card in sight during all transactions. Check all goods you buy. Don't send money to anyone in Morocco until you make proper checks.
Large public gatherings and protests can turn violent. Avoid demonstrations. Take care on weekends and around Friday prayers.'

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rand Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 1:24pm

Currently stuck in lockdown, it's freezing and raining horizontally, but this instalment made me smile and keeps the flame of adventure flickering.
I'm in awe of Torrens tube riding, in my 30+ years of surfing I can probably count on one hand the number of tubes ridden and if I'm honest even that number could be halved! How does he do it? Is it the waves he surfs or is it an uncanny knack and he'd be getting tubed on waves that no one else even knew even had a barrel. Got me stumped, but I could watch him tube ride all day. – Loved it, can't wait for the next instalment.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 2:40pm

he's riding hollow waves, and he knows what to do with them.

rare combination.

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groundswell Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 3:18pm

rand go to g-land or kandui or any other high octane indo wave you will get more tubes in a month than 5 years at home.

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ringmaster Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 3:07pm

That's not even an exaggeration GS!

I've lived on the Surfcoast for a loooong time and been on a heapa trips to Indo and similar locales and what you said is 100% true.

Not tubes so much........but PROPER tubes.

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GuySmiley Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 5:57pm

Love the surfing and music in this short film but is there more than a touch of Russell Coight "its time to hit the road" about Torren's adventures? Driving from Scotland non-stop to Morocco to catch a swell bypassing France, Spain and Portugal. I seem to remember an earlier Torrren film that saw him drive Enfields up and down and across both islands of NZ in blistering rain chasing but failing to catch a swell front.

Help me out here guys but surely a swell front that hit Morocco like it did in Torren's film would have hit the known swell magnets in Europe. Even if it didn't to the degree it hit Morocco his surfing even in lesser waves in Europe would be well worth watching. I guess I'm saying I just don't get that sort of white knuckled sleep deprived travel when vanning it should be about slowing it all down.

Will the next instalment of Torren's adventures see him driving the full length of the African continent non-stop to catch a swell at J Bay??

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goofyfoot Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 6:45pm

A friend and I a couple of years ago drove from home (Vic) to NSW to surf a well known point break during a forecasted big swell.
Left after work and drove most of the night with the plan to arrive in the early hours, sleep a bit then hit it first light.
Didn’t realise said point break didn’t like south swells and woke up to not even a ripple on the point and watching big lumps of swell out to sea heading up the coast.
Surfed a close out beachy then drove home.
End of story

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 7:05pm

I've done stuff like that for results like that up/down/across Tasmania. A riddle wrapped in an enigma. Grafton to Surfcoast in a day is a big road mission - plenty of practise growing up in WA.

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GuySmiley Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 7:07pm

You need to speak to {{**}} about that point and the jump in your car weather forecasts GF, got it wired he has ..... sells cooked squid at local MP markets

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goofyfoot Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 8:56pm

Speak to who? get stu to send you my email if you want? Keen to chat

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GuySmiley Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 4:06pm

What I have was given to me by a mutual (deceased) mate whose life long battle with chronic illness eased for the briefest of time to see him join the crew on a couple of trips and charge like there was no tomorrow. I'll leave it there.

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Dx3 Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 3:46pm

Listening to him speak during the movie though, Morocco was top of his list to surf on that side of the world and his seemed the main drive for the trip. He even spoke about missing out on surfing there years ago due to a knee injury when he was in Euro. So seeing a big swell forecast to hit, he pulled out all stops to get there and was handsomely rewarded. Well played I say, worth it.

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 at 7:08pm

Watched last night and slept on it. I think I enjoyed Torryn's lines the most, particularly how he is setting up the tubes very low on the bottom turn, and his innate ability to ride through so many, coming out high with speed - often to another section. It perfectly compliments the shortboard twinny.

It's a fluid, pleasing style of surfing that counterbalances the poo stances into massive air reverse I've been seeing.

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tango Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 8:28am

"It's a fluid, pleasing style of surfing that counterbalances the poo stances into massive air reverse I've been seeing."

Amen to that.

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batfink Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 2:51pm

Yeah, lovely flowing lines, although nursing a twinny through turns isn’t a skill I’m desperate to acquire. He’s a great surfer, no question, and tube sense that I’ll never even understand.

Loved the music too, and his openness to taking in the local culture. Complaints above about vans full of tourists rocking up, trashing the joint and being a menace in the ocean are the polar opposite.

Really dig a lot of middle eastern music. Morocco is virtually my definition of exotic. Would love to go there as well as through much of South America, but without concerns about being kidnapped, having a kidney removed and waking up in a bathtub, being mistaken for a yankee infidel and summarily executed, pickpocketed, ripped off, etc etc.

Sure, there’s no life without risk, but some are harder than others. There’s still time, who knows what adventure is around the corner.

On a very side note, got my passport renewed yesterday. God, it’s so much easier these days, did it all in a few hours from website to AusPost walk in. Looked at it, I’ll be 69 when it’s up for renewal. That’s old, not middle aged. What stamps will it have in it by then, or will it have any? Who knows.

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groundswell Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 4:09pm

My mate tells me waves like that in Morocco are rare to be uncrowded. apparently a lot of lids have taken over there these days.

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upnorth Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 7:33pm

Great film, incredible surfing. Haggling for kif in the medina followed by small glasses of hot, sweet, mint tea to seal the deal, good times.

Like a lot of interesting places, Morocco isn't without risk but the rewards are worth the danger in my opinion. Its possible to go there, stick to well known breaks, get a ton of sick waves and never leave the safety of western influence which is fine if that is what you're after. You don't need to travel far though to experience that slap in the face culture shock which seems to heighten the senses.

Moroccan's are on the whole very welcoming as being a good host to strangers is key in their culture. With this in mind its worth being prepared, take things you can offer in return for the hospitality you receive. In rural areas kids can't go to school if they don't have stationary so pencils and pads are welcome as are plain t shirts and batteries. At times the welcome can seem almost too much. In 98 a small group of us hiked through the Atlas mountains for 6 weeks exploring the Jbel Saghro and on one occasion we were welcomed by a local Berber chief who let us sleep on the roof terrace of his small fort. We were fed, watered and all of our clothes washed but when we were out exploring a nearby oasis all of our bags were put away for 'safety'. We ended up there for 4 nights without much choice in the matter. One night we were dressed in local gear and paraded through the streets with music and ululation ringing in our ears, it was cool but a bit overwhelming. We were very comfortable if a little bored at times and the water which came from goat skin bags hanging on small tripods had an unusual tang, We soon realised having westerners staying with him was kudos for the local leader and also that there were tensions between him and his brother, blazing rows giving the game away. A couple of our group were getting a bit nervous by the third day, no one knew where we were and our sat phone had broken two weeks earlier. We managed to retrieve our bags and there was a bit of a stand off while the brothers argued about what to do. In the middle of the night the milder mannered brother woke us and took us to the edge of town where he'd left mules and water, a small shop was open presumably for our benefit and we stocked up on the staples of tinned fish, tomatoes, onions and flat bread, said our goodbyes and headed for the hills. Later that day a man we recognised from the village appeared from nowhere, gave us more flat bread and retrieved the mules.
Particularly in rural areas and to some extent everywhere in Morocco its worth remembering that people live by different rules, you can receive a mixed reception if travelling with women who don't have their shoulders covered for example. Or if you don't ask permission before taking water from a well. This sort of thing, learning a bit of the lingo etc are worth bearing in mind if you're venturing away from popular surf spots.

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linez Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 4:08pm

Thanks Upnorth, great story.

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zenagain Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 7:56pm

Wow Upnorth, what a great adventure.

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goofyfoot Thursday, 10 Jun 2021 at 9:00pm

yep, x 2. amazing

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upnorth Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 12:13am

Its a cracking place to visit. Was inspired to knock up some mint tea after re living that encounter, never as good as the real deal though.

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harrycoopr Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 10:05am

Much travel in the AU wagon over the years. Gets harder to get out of the back as the body ages. Always kept a wide berth from the fine young things all cashed up and self-entitled in the car parks. Always cleaned up other ppl's rubbish. Always kept low profile and respected locals. Great memories. Nomad surf life. AU's rule.

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san Guine Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 11:14am

Waves, culture, art, local hospitality and architecture. The essence of travel for me. Another stunning instalment from the Need crew.

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away Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 1:43pm

This kind of shattered me. Amazing video in all respects, but after the awe and joy subsided, it left me feeling heavy and forlorn with such overwhelming existential dread. While it did bring back some wonderful memories of similar adventures, quite long ago, mostly it inspired me to start reevaluating so many of the major life decisions I have made over the last 15 years or so. I am regretting so many wasted days, like today, spent staring at a computer clicking back and forth between working and watching people do the amazing things I could be doing but probably won't.

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Wyre Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 3:32pm

You ok, away? Existential dread isn't great. Hope your reevaluations help make the next 15 awesome. As always, surfing helps!

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away Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 5:43pm

Yeah all good Wyre! It was a slightly overly dramatic comment. I haven't been in the ocean for a long time and also the concrete waves at the skate park (the only things I surf around here) are off limits due to Corona Virus closure.
Watched a few sections again to convert nostalgia into hope!
I think some of my existential dread comes from knowing I could never pull off those funky, but functional way down low tube ride set up stances this guy has. Some real style on display there.

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Leebo20 Saturday, 12 Jun 2021 at 7:11pm

Nice right hand point breaks and no gold coast style drop ins.
Magic