THIS WAY UP

posted by / Video / March 18, 2003

This Way Up (Rip Curl; 32 minutes; $19.95; available at local shops)

Here’s the Pitch:Many years ago The Search began and it’s not gonna end anytime soon. Join the latest trek into the jewels of Rip Curl’s latest discoveries.

Hollywood Connection: Homeward Bound: The Incredible {{{Journey}}}: The elite members of the Rip Curl family set off on an undying quest and, along the way, find a little adventure in every new place they stumble upon.

Best Actor: Mick Fanning. He may not be on the search by himself, but his surfing stands alone. The Coolangatta Kid brilliantly bends and twists his way through any wave put before him — and every surfer.

Supporting Cast: Jamie O’Brien, Nathan Hedge, Pablo Gutierrez, Pancho, Manoa Drollet.

Score: Machine Gun Fellatio, The Vines, Quarashi, Timo Maas, Grinspoon, 28 Days, Millencolin, The Apex Theory, Full Fathom Five and more.

Thumbs Down: Although Fanning’s antics in the water are above and beyond, we did just have Fanning the Fire and we’d like to see a whole lot more of the rest of the highly skilled Rip Curl pilgrims.

Thumbs Up: This Way Up is a really refreshing surf video, boasting well edited music and footage tracks as well as great, well shot angles. All of these new features combined make for a strong, unique video that undoubtedly stands out among the handfuls spilling before us. Andrew Lewis

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