Every summer, there’s a cornucopia of surf films that are released on an unsuspecting public. Often, they’re a recycled concoction of Taylor Steele, Bruce Brown and Thomas Campbell. Over the last few years, this genre has grown to include female surfer-focused films (no not Blue Crush or the TransWorld Surf Swimsuit video). Roxy has always been leading the charge supporting flicks such as the Sophia Mulanovich biopic and demanding that their models surf.
Dear and Yonder, the latest female surfer film promises to provide a new take on the genre. Filmed and directed by Tiffany Campbell (yup the other TC) and Andrea Lessler, the film takes a list of Who’s Who in women’s surfing on adventures worthy of Sipping Jetstreams. This list includes Roxy team riders Sally Fitzgibbons, Sofia Mulanovich and Kassia Meador. According to the film, they surf their home breaks (Dear) and travel the world (Yonder). In addition to chronicling today’s surfers, Dear and Yonder spreads its roots deeper and cultivates a sense of place and knowledge of history, reaching back in time to unearth footage of iconic surfers such as Linda Benson, Rell Sunn and Lisa Andersen.
I’m still not quite sure what the title means and how it relates to surfing, but I’ll be posting a review of the film once I get my grubby hands on a copy.
The film is on tour now, traveling to 20 cities and will be released on DVD shortly. One hopes that they will also go 2009 on us and release the film on iTunes or in a digital download format as well.
I have lots of respect for this TC and the rest of the crew that produced this film so disregard the cutout image of some superimposed chica on the artsy, paper waves from the poster as this could be the real deal.
For more details, head to: www.dearandyonder.com.