THE STRENGTH THAT COMES FROM GOING TO WATER, AUSTRALIA, 52 MIN
Atmosphere takes precedence over adrenalin in this unorthodox, yet alluring new Australian surfing documentary. With over 30 features on the open ocean under his belt, veteran filmmaker Taylor Steele certainly knows his way around the genre. However, he is ambitiously going after something more lasting here than just the instant rush of waves and wipeouts. Indeed, what happens away from the swells for elite international surfers – the downtime, the banter, the exposure to exotic cultures – is the primary focus of Proximity. Steele tracks the movements and charts the contrasting approaches to the surfing lifestyle of four pairs of big-wave riders. 11-time world champ Kelly Slater and current world No. 1 John-John Florence take the viewer to their fave Pacific locations. Stephanie Gilmore and Dave Rastovich hit the Baja, Craig Anderson and Rob Machado venture down to South America, and Albee Layer and Shane Dorian explore the beaches of Northern Europe. A calming, contemplative experience sure to be relished by surf devotees.
NEW AUSTRALIAN SURFING DOCUMENTARY PROXIMITY IS A CALMING, CONTEMPLATIVE EXPERIENCE SURE TO BE RELISHED BY SURF DEVOTEES.