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A Deeper Shade of Blue

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Legendary surfing film maker Jack McCoy's most recent film is A Deeper Shade of Blue. Set to inspire, educate and update, the much-anticipated release is the most comprehensive story of surfing ever told. The biggest film of McCoy’s career, A Deeper Shade of Blue combines innovative cinematography techniques with a unique narrative structure, to uncover and encapsulate the history and culture of surfing like never before. Not a ‘surf movie’ but a film about the art’s deepest roots, it tells the story of surfing as Hawaii’s greatest gift to the world, from its ancient beginnings to a Waikiki tourist attraction, all the way through to today’s $6 billion-a-year global industry.

Set to inspire and move surf fanatics and non-surfers alike, A Deeper Shade of Blue is backed by an exhilarating soundtrack from the likes of Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Jack Johnson and Paul McCartney, and features ground-breaking camerawork to bring viewers an unprecedented experience of the waves, enabling them to see and feel the waves as only a surfer can.

Told in eleven cleverly entwined chapters and featuring narratives from today’s leading surfers Jordy Smith, Jamie O’Brien and Stephanie Gilmore, the film describes the evolution of surfboards, from wooden blanks in Hawaii to today’s mind-blowing inventions for every type of wave.

  • Chapter 1: The creation of waves; the first surfboard; and the surfers who dreamed of riding waves in all of their fascinating forms – then and now.
  • Chapter 2: Surfing’s ancient Hawaiian roots; Waikiki beach boy surfboard makers, the hot curl; and a current practitioner of the Hawaiian beach boy lifestyle, Jamie O’Brien.
  • Chapter 3: The Waikiki-California-Malibu connection, with Rabbit Kekai; Joe Quigg, and the Marshall Brothers, ripping on the Quigg designed Malibu Chip we know today as the longboard.
  • Chapter 4: Short board, mini-gun and tube riding evolution in California, Australia and Hawaii, presented by surfer film-makers, featuring George Greenough, and modern image maker Jack McCoy’s new underwater tracking shots spotlight tube riding master Manoa Drollet, on the modern short board in Tahiti’s heaviest barrels.
  • Chapter 5: High performance surfing, accelerated by surfers’ invention of skateboards and advanced by top-surfer shapers and Kelly Slater, coincides with the rise of professional contests and leads to a super-session at Jeffries bay with today’s best pros.
  • Chapter 6: Princess Kaiulani and Gidget kick surfing into high gear and inspire a cavalcade of women surfers, presented by current World Champ Stephanie Gilmore.
  • Chapter 7: Surfers’ inventions take surfing to the masses: the leg-rope, boogie, soft board, skimboard, skateboard, sailboard, kiteboard, wakeboard and snowboard foster aerial surfing. Jordy Smith is our brilliant test pilot.
  • Chapter 8: Reclusive surfer-shaper Tom Wegener goes a step further back into historic Hawaiian surfboards and recreates the wooden alai’a in flexible Powlonia wood. A young crew of back-to-the-futurist surfers prove the timeless worth of this ancient ‘green’ craft.
  • Chapter 9: After a life-changing accident, pro surfer Derek Hynd revisits the hot curl and Hawaiian finless surfing, updating finless board designs and giving them a mind –blowing workout that is a fitting wake for the fin.
  • Chapter 10: Big wave riding history and the development of boards to ride them continues today with Marty Paradisis at one of the scariest big waves on the planet.
  • Chapter 11: The Hawaiian tradition of Aloha has been surfing’s guiding creed since Duke Kahanamoku presented surfing to the world. Modern Hawaiian surfer Brian Keaulana and shaper Terry Chung exemplify the spirit of aloha. Terry glides like a bird on a futuristic foiled keel.


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