New British surf film stops Endless Summer in Plymouth
The Plymouth première of the new surf film 'Endless Winter' marked the end of the 'Endless Summer' exhibition at the Plymouth City Museum.
Both the exhibition and new surf film document the evolution of British surfing from a few dedicated – or perhaps crazy – people who brought a Californian lifestyle to the freezing waters of Britain to the vibrant scene that exists today.
Endless Winter follows two of the country's best pro surfers, Mitch Corbett and Mark 'Egor' Harris, as they traverse Britain, exploring some of the island's best surfing spots from the North of Scotland to the outer reaches of Cornwall and visiting some of the sport's most important locations..
The film's directors, Matt Crocker and James Dean, were both in Plymouth for the première and spoke to thisisplymouth about the film.
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"We have been working on it since 2009, but it was not until Ford Motors came on board and put up the total of £140.000 we needed to make the film that we could actually start production," they said.
"Ford loved the idea and since they have been the most passive corporate sponsor you could imagine, letting us make the film without trying to direct or influence how we did it."
Part of the film focusses on Newquay in Cornwall that has played a pivotal role in the development of the British surf scene. The team also travelled to Wales and all the way to Thurso in the very North of Scotland. During the trip to Scotland, the directors got a first hand feel for the dedication and love surfers have for their sport.
"Mark Harris had injured his shoulder before we went and could not surf. He still came along anyway, though, and basically spent several weeks up there looking out over cliff tops, hunting for new breaks," Matt Crocker and James Dean said.
End to Endless Summer
The Endless Summer: The Evolution of Surfing exhibition at Plymouth City Museum has run all through the summer.
It has featured a time line of British surfing, interactive displays, paintings by artist Kurt Jackson, boards from private collectors and the Museum of British Surfing plus images and vintage magazine covers from renowned surf photographer, Alex Williams, who had lent up to 30 surf boards from the last 50 years to the exhibition.
"I used to work for a surf magazine and I got a few of the boards through that. Others I've bought through eBay and a few have very special stories tied to them," Alex Williams said.
His favourite board was from the early 1960's and made by locals Roger Harry and Mark Standbury.
"I found the board in a dump near Kingsand some years back. I think people must have thought it was a coffin lid and thrown it out. The board was made right here in Plymouth and sold in Dingles of all places," he said.
Alex Williams said that British surfing had gone through an explosive growth over the last 50 years., meaning the best spots can get very busy when the waves are right.
"Most of the good spots were found during the 70's and today everybody knows about places like Bantham, Whitsand and Challaborough here on the South coast of Devon. Lately, some people have started surfing reefs, but that takes a lot of technique," he said.