PROX­IM­ITY (M)

THE STRENGTH THAT COMES FROM GO­ING TO WA­TER, AUS­TRALIA, 52 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FLICKS -

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.

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