Now that a plastic-waste-island of free media is floating on the open waters of the Internet, surf films have generally gone the way of pagers, rollerblades and kneeboards: extinct, or at least severely endangered. Strange Rumblings In Shangri La, director Joe G.’s latest feature film for Globe, is one of those special few survivors of the genre.
Strange Rumblings features a revolving cast of Dion Agius, Nate Tyler, Taj Burrow, Yadin Nicol, Damien Hobgood, Creed McTaggart, CJ Hobgood, Alex Smith, Noa Deane and Brendon Gibbens on “a worldwide journey in search of surfing’s own holy grail.” We first meet our heroes at a chateau in southern France said to have once belonged to the great explorer Jacques Cousteau. After playing in the French beachbreak all day and savoring the local wine and cheese in the company of sophisticated women all evening, the ghost of ol’ Jacques pays the boys a visit and exhorts them to forsake their leisurely existence and seek enlightenment in a mythical land far, far away. And so the journey to Shangri La begins. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the land of Viking princesses where they surf alongside icebergs, to the steamy jungles of Indonesia where they brave cobra-blood hallucinations; from a shimmering island off the coast of Brazil inhabited by golden-skinned beach nymphs and the funnest wedges imaginable, to a mythical sandbar point hidden somewhere beneath the covetous winds of east Africa.
Now you can find Shangri La without the long, burdensome odyssey, the countless miles and ugly carbon footprint, the broken boards and broken hearts. Click here to download Strange Rumblings on iTunes and support the still-beating heart of surf cinema.