Monday, November 24, 2008

Highly recommended: Musica Surfica

I've just finished watching a new surf movie called 'Musica Surfica' and I can fully understand why it won Best Feature at the New York Surf Film Festival. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's one of the best surf films I've ever watched. It's based on the concept of taking Richard Tognetti, the artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and a bunch of top surfers and shapers including Derek Hynd and Tom Wegener off on an artistic/surfing retreat in which they all experiment riding finless boards. As the retreat progresses the creative atmosphere not only affects the way everyone views surfing but it also permeates into the approach of the musicians as everyone starts to get beyond the status quo. If ever you wanted to see clear evidence of surfing being an art rather than a sport, this is it. A beautiful and inspiring film of which writer and director Mick Sowry can be justly proud. It might also prove to be the seed for all sorts of other artistic collaborations based around a shared passion for surfing. You can buy a copy of Musica Surfica here. Mick Sowry also writes a great surf blog at

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