Brilliantly directed, written, edited and narrated by Dana Brown, this documentary states in the beginning, "no special effects, no stunt men, no stereotypes", and is a fascinating look into the surfing world, as well as a visual delight, with stunning cinematography by Jean-Paul Beeghly. The surfers are followed around the world, from the very familiar coast (for me) of Southern California, to the numbing cold waters of Ireland, the tropical lushness of Costa Rica, the island paradise of Tahiti, and of course, Australia and Hawaii. There are also some unusual places we get to see: The beaches of Vietnam, the eerie beauty of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), and "deep in America's heartland", the lakeshore of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
The final adventure takes place 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, at the Cortes Bank, with the sea a deep blue, and waves that are massive, one of them being measured at 66 ft.
There are numerous sound-bites from experienced surfers, from the best in the world like Laird John Hamilton and Kelly Slater, the female surfers who have their own unique style and are fantastic, as well as the very young, and the surprisingly mature, like Rabbit Kekai, who first started surfing in 1927, proving that surfing is an ageless sport.
The soundtrack by Richard Gibbs includes an eclectic mix of contemporary songs, one of them being the Beach Boy sound-alike "The Call of the Wave" by John Zambetti.
Dana Brown is the son of Bruce Brown, who is famous for the pioneering "Endless Summer" films. Dana has surfing in his blood, and "Step Into Liquid" is almost an equal to those wonderful films by his father.
You don't have to be a surfer to feel the magic of this documentary, and if like me you feel a connection with the sea, it will make you catch a dream wave, and smile.
Total running time is 87 minutes.
2nd Disc extras include interviews, and even a surfing lesson !