'Spoons': Review and tour dates
“What makes a surf culture? It really depends on the waves, and the surfers, and the boards that they ride.” - Marc Andreini
Spoons is the new film by Wyatt Daily. A film that, while only an hour long, manages to cover a lot of ground, tracing design evolution across the decades and across the globe.
At its heart, Spoons is an ode to Santa Barbara, a proud tale of homespun design that begins with Renny Yater and George Greenough, who advanced surf designs with a common goal to surf Rincon deeper and faster.
The spoon was what they came up with and together they created two of the most famous designs in history: the Yater Spoon, the design ridden by Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now (“Bring me my Yater Spoon! The 8’6”!), and Greenough’s Velo.
Same name, similar principals, radically different shapes - Yater’s was a longboard, Greenough’s a 4’8” flexible kneeboard - yet each achieved its stated purpose. Yater could match Rincon’s trim speed, while Greenough could break trim, surf up and down the wave.
The story of Spoons might end there, might be of no interest to people outside Santa Babs, except that by the time Greenough was making Velo, he was also splitting his time in Australia. In 1965, when Yater and Greenough were making those displacement hull Spoons, the US and Oz were very different surf cultures.
“We were really locked onto the longboard era,“ says Marc Andreini, however Australian surf culture was younger, not weighed down with any particular design, it was just beginning to fizz and pop when Greenough lobbed on our shores, bumped into Bob McTavish and Nat Young, and sparked a revolution.
As an aside, Spoons is a history doco that, perhaps inadvertently, carries a poignant message. That being, don’t get bogged down by history.
Bob and Nat followed George’s lead, except they began crafting boards to ride Noosa and the NSW north coast pointbreaks. Our early surf culture owed its form to those waves.
Students of surf history know how the rest of it goes, the story of the Shortboard Revolution has been told innumerable times, but Spoons is more particular in its storytelling. It’s a story of place as much as it’s about people.
There’s also no statute of limitations, Yater’s Spoon runs a direct ancestral line to Merrick’s Tri Plane Hull and Tommy Curren’s success. The story spans the modern surfing age. It’s also told by means of little seen archival footage of classic Rincon, Hollister Ranch, and Noosa, plus surfing from all of the aforementioned names and more.
'Spoons' Australian tour dates:
Bondi Bowling Club
Friday Feb 21
Doors at 5:30pm film @7pm
Party with the Filmmakers after!
Tickets: $10 (cash) at the door or spoonsfilm.com/bondi/bowlingclub
Sunshine Coast Surf Film Festival
Monday February 24th Drinks 6pm, Film @ 7pm
Q&A After the Show
Bigscreen Cinemas Caloundra
Noosa Festival of Surfing
Wednesday February 26th, 2020 @ 7pm
Special Guest Panel
The J Theatre - 60 Noosa Dr - Noosa Heads QLD
Rhythm Surf Shop
Friday February 28th, 2020
5pm Music & Drinks
6pm Film Starts
2/12 James St - Burleigh Heads QLD
Free Beer / Free Entry