This is a gem of a movie. I have had the opportunity to view it in a number of different live venues and it never fails to evoke an emotionally visceral response from the audience. It's secret? Uniqueness, Audacity and soul. Take the concept: Renown surf adventurer Sam George travels to the islands off the congo and discovers an indigenous African tribe of surfers. Only to discover that the very waves that they have been surfing for hundreds of years is threatened by a tourist development that harkens back the horrors of the islands cruel slave history? Clearly, This is a must see film for any surfer. It is told from a startlingly personal view from each of its characters (Sam is Accompanied by surf stars Holly Beck and Joe Curren) but the big surprise is the heartwrenching story of the friendship between Sam and a young African Surfer named Shun. Sure, the waves are small and the action not mindblowing tahitian death tubes, but who cares? Any surfer with a heart, any person with a heart for that matter is guaranteed to have a catch in their throat when Shun is re-united with Sam for a surf session with Sam on his modern Longboard and Shun on his board, a rough hewn wooden plank wrested from the jungle and built with blood, sweat and an axe. It is when they surf together and start trading equipment in the water that this movie begins to move it's audience to tears.
This little movie is important to all surfers, important to anyone who wishes to take a journey of the heart, travel to one of the most exotic locales on the planet and witness what it means, regardless of color or creed, what it means to be a human being. A remarkable feat that must be seen to be felt and believed. This movie takes nothing...it only gives.