About to Blow Up

posted by / News / June 10, 2011

If you ask a filmmaker about his new project a couple weeks before its premiere, he’ll say…probably nothing, actually. He’ll be so deep in Final Cut trying to make deadline that your question won’t even register, it’ll just bounce off the fat headphones he’s using to tune out Earth. So we were glad to catch Victor Pakpour, the 19-year-old behind Billabong’s upcoming release Blow Up, on a day he’d taken off from the editing process. We asked about the film. He said it’d be good.


Victor Pakpour: If you don’t watch Blow Up, he’ll do it. Don’t think he won’t. He’s one crazy mother. Photo: Taras


SURFING: Who has best part in Blow Up so far, in your opinion?

Victor Pakpour: You know what, I think this is a really big break for Ryan [Callinan]. Have you seen him surf much? He’s super well rounded and a progressive freak, like super gnarly. We did that Indo boat trip with Yadin, Craig, Ryan, Granger, Dillon Perillo, Eric Geiselman and Matt Meola…and Ryan, he was definitely keeping up with the big boys. He got flip of the trip, for sure. He did this one backside air that was so tweaked out, it was almost this forward front flip, and he didn’t grab it. Yadin was like, “Oh my gosh, who is this kid?” Everyone was going crazy.

Is all that footage in Blow Up?

Yeah. Originally Kai [Neville] wanted it for Lost Atlas, even though Ryan’s not supposed to be in that movie. That’s how gnarly that flip was.


Ryan Callinan, Blow Up‘s sleeper star. Photo: Jimmicane


What are some of the other highlights in the film?

Creed McTaggart’s gonna blow some heads, Laurie Towner’s got some crazy ones, Jack [Freestone] has some good clips. It’s all unseen footage.

Was anyone saving clips for personal projects, or did you get everything?

Ryan was gonna do Innersection, and I had to talk him out of it to do this project. Then Laurie Towner had a bunch of crazy Tahiti clips and all this stuff saved up, and he was gonna use all his A clips for Innersection and give me all the B and C stuff for the movie, but I got him to just give me everything for Blow Up.

How’s the film being released?

It’s going to release on Vimeo so it can be embedded on every surf site — SURFING mag, Stab, Transworld Surf — and then we’ll make available Quicktime files you can download on billabong.com/blowup for free.

Is it on DVD too?

Just on Internet. Music licensing is a whole other realm to get it on DVD, like double the cost.


Granger Larsen, hiding. Photo: Tom Carey


Who filmed those girls on bicycles in the trailer?

That was me. It was actually a little intro shoot for the movie I did, kind of a music video for the movie. So those were just a couple shots I put in the trailer to tease it.

Who were they?

Just these girls from San Clemente I know. I don’t think they really know the size of the movie…you know what I mean? I think the trailer’s already had like 13,000 views [the number has since risen above 20k] and it’s only been up a couple days. I think they’re gonna be pretty baffled, but I’m stoked they wanted to do it.


Blow Up


Billabong’s Blow Up will be available for download at the end of the month. Victor says another trailer is on the way. In the meantime, he’ll be at the computer, headphones on. Don’t try calling.

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  • Sven

    Free movies=worth every penny.

  • Mik

    Billabong’s “Still Filthy” is maybe the best surf video of all time, so that’s a hard act to follow. Packing a vid with emerging grommets will make it a hard pill to swallow for me… But who knows? Maybe the director is right, maybe it will be good. Or at least kinda.

  • LOLZ

    still filthy sucked ^. Victor is gonna make gold

  • ChajerBoi

    ^^ you are a faggot. in no way did still filthy suck. kook

  • Mik

    ChajerBoi: thanx for the support bro… I almost started to question my sanity… :-)

    I watch Still filthy repeadedly…

    Modern Collective? One and done.

    Airs are rad… But real surf shredded by power-surfers, with a boost here and there on sizeable faces is what maketh my mind attentive. Which makes the sudden loss of Andy all the more fucked up. Bring on Bruce!!!!!!!!

  • jay

    still filth :/ It was alright but best ever? questions your sanity.

    You don’t have to use a different name to validate yourself mik.

  • frank reynolds

    still filthy blowed, blow up will be sick. victor > still filthy editor

  • KPilk

    Victor is the next level. Can’t wait.

  • mikey

    trailer looks nuts! billabong got some new steez..love it

  • Mik

    Promote this thang all you want boyz, but Still Filthy is the gold standard for me… And the above trailer hasn’t altered that opinion. At all. Trilogy is ranked #2… The rest are one big muddled mass…. Sipping Jet Streams is cool tho…

  • mikey

    thats cause you got no style Mik

  • Mik

    mikey: everyone has a style. you know nothing about mine. everyone has an opinion. mine’s mine. I saw things in Still Filthy that inspire me massively. Same in Trilogy III. This trailer doesn’t have waves or surfing with the same impact, at least not enough to warrant me getting any kind of a BLOW UP vibe (ref. Michelangelo Antonioni). btw: i’ve contributed to surf film productions, that were very successful. You?

  • stay puff riders

    this looks amateur.

    a rail grab cutback in the opening sequence…please.

    this looks average at best.

  • Jay

    Mik, I hung out with Steven Segal once…Dropping shit like that well its pretentious and no one gives fuck. Just makes you as a person laughable. “Woaaah slow down guys, he’s kind of a big deal” Its just hurts me more than anything that a Lost film probably isn’t in your top 5.

  • emle

    First saw Victor Pakpour’s showreel on http://www.waiikaii.com and thought this guy was very talented for his age!

    I think he’s got a very unique dreamy style that almost lets you feel like your there! Blow up is a good surf film! well done.

  • Mael

    French guy who’s looking for the music !

    Can someone tell me the name of the original soundtrack (all tracks) please ?
    (Blow up. Awesome.)

    Very nice work

  • Taj

    ive surfed with creed plenty of times,hes an absolute freak, he pulls the craziest stuff out of nowhere. anyone who says his part sucked and that hes a one hit wonder is wrong. the guy surfs better than anyone ive ever seen