Mate watching Torren, Ishka and friends on their adventures is so much more entertaining than the pro show and all their high energy in your face social media only commercialised crap!
Thanks SN !
Fantastic ...next level steering one of those Boards in and around Shippies....Yew !
That ending, superb. What a series.
Just watched it with my boys….
My 7 year old said “Dad, he surfs way nicer than the men in the competitions…”
Straight into the 5 best surf vids (all 4 parts) for mine!
That was wonderful. The whole series tbh.
While Torrens surfing goes without saying, Ishka's talent behind the lens and the beautiful images he brought to us shines. Paired to the music I'm kinda short on superlatives. Farking loved it.
Wow,just wow, Zen Lord travels fabled &mysterious lands, finding friendly natives & fantastic treasures....Un-dreamed- of riches in a troubled world.... victoriously returns to slay the hideous dragon in his backyard without raising a sweat.... Karmic balance of the universe is restored.... loved it. Oh&the surfing?? Fucken Yeeee -heeew !!
Standing up clapping. ROCK solid project that can sit next to anything in surfing film.
Excellent series. Been very enjoyable to watch
What? The big surprise ending is a Shippies session?
Disappointed. I assumed it was going to be a flat spin air 360 into the flats on a tepid beachie close out , followed by a street mime claim towards the beach.
Jokes…..got my evening planned around a watch tonight. Looking forward to it.
The soundtrack to the Covid years.
This and Tiger King haha
This has been a real classic in the true sense of surfing for the experience of being in the moment.. I have been surfing for over 50 years and always looking forward to the next surf ... the journey thru the portal ...
Very enjoyable. Torren and Ishka compliment each other perfectly, as good as Torren's surfing is Ishka's ability to capture the right image and light was a real highlight. Thanks guys.
Well done guys. Such a beautiful series of adventures. Lets hope you can do more travelling.
From ep.1 to 4, best surf content I’ve seen. Will get a lot of re-runs in my house.
Bought a new wettie from Needs Essentials last night - last one is still going well after 3 years but time to freshen up before inflation kicks in. So I helped pay for a few waves for the boys on their travels and happy to do so.
Thanks to all involved
How come wherever he surfs there never seems to be anyone else out even though it's pumping?
Some real good editing no doubt.
The Surf Splendor podcast talks a bit about that.
I reckon everyone paddles in or to the shoulder to watch him.
Brilliant!!! Thank you.
Rivals morning of the earth in my book....great message and so well said ......loved all 4 .....brilliant finish ,music was awesome and with some guy with short hair copying Torren at shippies ........rewriting what a twin fin can do in heavy waves ......amazing Torrens read on waves, even the steps at shippies on a flat rockered twin fin were not a problem........so well done ,congrats to all...brilliant !
Amazing that he didn't pearl at Shippies.
I could spend a week or two at that sand bottom right point, if there's cold beer to be had.
The last section was the best.
I thoughg his putt putt around NZ on bikes was pretty cool, this series even better. I love thd way he surfs and try to follow his style on my mid length. The imagery is just so beautifully shot.
The whole series has been absolutely magical. Welcomed respite from the inner-city lockdown.
Torren is an absolute freak (those shipstern clips!), but somehow the whole thing stays relatable. Or at least familiar.
Well done and thank you to the team. Looking forward to what comes next!
Wow!!! I think what most of us can relate to in this series is the adventurous nature of these blokes which is what most of us dream of and sometimes get to experience. Just normal guys enjoying their surfing with nothing to prove. And a gem of a soundtrack with each episode as well.
A thing of beauty in difficult times - I’m moved, thank you.
That was good, all 4 episodes just shone, great images, editing, music was just totally in tune and fuck Torren surfs well, riding a twin at Shippies to finish off well done boys.
Hope you get the reward for the effort what ever that might be.
Reminds me of Alby Mangels movies, just surfing inspired.
Motivated to hit the road again when travel is allowed.
Everyone ready for a bit of blasphemy?
First up, I’d like to say that I enjoyed this series as much as anyone. The concept of mates sharing an adventure, the cinematography, the surfing, the soundtrack, the focus on the travel experience and the friendships and the varying cultures.
It was epic. One of the all time great surf flicks.
However….this last episode got me a bit rattled. Namely the exposure of the right point. Pretty sure we’ve seen it before and it sure is a nice feeling seeing it still uncrowded. But the filming of such a rare gem really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
The movies are art. I get it and appreciate it. But here’s a metaphor- There’s only limited pockets of virgin rainforest and old growth trees left in the world. There’s still a few but those that remain are a tiny remnant percentage of the great untrammelled forests of the very recent past. So when a fine artist fells one of the few great Tane Mahutas in order to create a masterpiece it is a huge ask for me to forgive the act of vandalism required to provide the artist’s medium.
And that’s basically what filming one of the remaining uncrowded jewel waves is - vandalism. We all know how that beautiful right point will look in a few of years as a direct result of movies such as this. There’s a price to pay for our viewing pleasure and so the filmmakers can create their art.
It’s a shame.
I do love a finely crafted dining table, but for myself it pales next to the idea that a proud old God of the Forest is still out there quietly waiting for those willing to search for it with a pure heart. Believe it or not, I’m not talking about myself. Africa doesn’t really appeal. Im thinking of the young grom out there dreaming of an uncrowded sand bottomed right she can discover for herself to surf and leave it as she found it.
Nothing pure about making a movie to flog wetsuits.
Yeah i dunno, if you look at Skeleton Bay then yeah its probably become a circus, but if you look at Fanning's "the snake" wave well we've never heard another thing about it.
Could go either way
Yeah, I'm with you a good part of the way, Blowin.
Been mulling it over since watching it. Love the look of that lazy sand point, and it took me all of 5 min to locate it. And I'm no Einstein, so others will too.
Probably the weakest of the 4 episodes - on reflection.
Yep me as well. I don't think many will be clammering to surf that wave at 2ft. It was the only new OS footage (in Ep4) and the rest was lifestyle, the old re-hash summary and shippies. It was cool to see Ishka surf and the overall series was amazing. Ep 3 was the jewell for mine.
How did he get Shippies with nco?
that blew my mind. After scoring empty user friendly and very playful rights in Africa, he comes home and scores more empty rights ... well, he made them look user friendly.
Agree,all the boyz would be home and its a sunny, not death-defying swell with great conditions...it just doesn't make sense...but you know what? I don't want it to
I think the clever editing extends to making the shippies surf look like a walk in / paddle sesh when really there was ski assist and probably a crowd to deal with. But showing that diminishes the preamble about nature and such. TM did surf it well on that board though and Ishka is a great film maker.
Almost 100% certain there would be no ski assist
Apologies if there wasn’t but every take off shown was him up no paddling in
just watched this again and they edited out the paddling and take off as other surfers would have been visible, once old mate is up and riding the wave blocks any view of the crowd…
26.18 to 26.19, slow-mo you can see someone's head.
id be keen for an Australian version after thats hippies section
good way to end the series
What a fabulous contribution to surf travel and wave-riding art these 4 episodes have been. They've really made a statement and hopefully turned a few towards a different path for both surfing and travelling. I've enjoyed reading the various forum comments along the way, too.
One of the key things I really enjoyed, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, was the African music. While a lot has rightly been made of Headland's music, I think there should also be recognition of the special contribution the Moroccan and central African music makes.
Another thing about these series was that they gave some time to "normal" surfers having a dig - there was that blond fella in #2 or #3 and now Ishka on a few at the right-hander. That was top-notch to me, and despite the contrast between his and Torren's surfing it just made it all the more real.
I think Blowin makes a valid point about the exposure of under-the-radar places. Anyone with a skerrick of sense would know there's a whole lot of potential and a crew that have managed to keep it relatively under wraps for a long time. It's relatively hard to get there with a few higher order challenges to deal with if you're keen enough to make the effort. I think Torren calls it "instability" very diplomatically. But there have been a lot of places over the years where people failed to see the cumulative impact of their publicity or assumed the malaria or difficulty of getting somewhere would be a deterrent to crowds. Wrong.
I haven't gone back to try and spot the visual clues about the location of that point, largely because I'll never go there but also because I'm happy to sit back and think of it as a relatively unspoilt and uncrowded place and keep my fingers crossed it stays that way for the adventurous to find - or even better, for the locals to have to themselves for a while. Just knowing it exists is enough. But I'm sure that rationale won't hold for others, and by the time I'm an old(er) fart, I'll see someone with a T-shirt from there walking down the street.
I think in the main the Lost Track approach has been low-key, rather than no-key, but they still need to strive for the highest standards. They seem to have on almost every other angle.
As to whether they are doing it to sell wetties, I'm not quite so sure. I'd like to see the business model for the films and understand the balance between having to pay for the whole shebang (it cannot have been cheap) and the goodwill towards surfing that seems implicit. They're not brandishing logos everywhere, there weren't any cameos from any other Needs surfers. I'd much prefer to give my hard-earned to their approach rather than to supporting the pro-surfing machine which does precious little.
Midwest's point about the paddle-in is also one worth pushing. I reckon you get such a better sense of the wave and the skill level of the surfer watching not only the takeoff but the whole process of positioning and paddling in.
Anyway, I reckon if Margaret and David were surfers it would be 5-stars all round.
At 27:24 there’s almost a hint of a shark riding in the wave, probably the play of the light in the barrel, but if you are squinting your eyes and holding onto your - you know - your iPhone,- you can see a shark - and if you bend your head on the right angle (without upsetting your neck), I’m talking about THE right angle rather than “a right angle”, you can see a shark especially if you’ve got a tinny in your hand!
Spoiler so don't watch if you guys don't wan't the magic revealed. A bit of heaving editing on the Shippies session..
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Next Scanno please ---- Pipe Sunset Backdoor and Torren..
anyone know what happened to the earlier videos of lost track vic, south australia, etc? been trying to find it online but seems to have been removed is it available somewhere…