Its every surfers dream to control the uncontrollable, catch the perfect wave and find peace in the fury. Follow the worlds top surfers, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Kalani Robb and Joel Parkinson, around the globe in the surfing video Down the Barrel, ESPNs first in-depth look at what makes surfing the most exhilarating sport on the planet.
Best picture nominee and winner (Best Cinematography) at Surfer Magazines 2007 Surfer Poll Awards, as well as Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival Official Selection. For over a year, Cardiff, CA surfer Steve Lawrence documented the lives of these 4 surfers for this electrifying epic. He lived, traveled, filmed, surfed, ate and rapped with them, capturing their relationship with the sport from tense competition situations to their inspiration and free form philosophy.
Lawrence chose to present the sport through the perspectives of Joel, Kalani, Kelly, and Rob for a nice balance—two regularfoots, two goofy, representing surfing's epicenters of Hawaii, California, Florida, and Australia. While all are well-established rippers, Kelly and Parko provide a tight focus for the ASP's World Championship Tour battle. Conversely, Kalani Robb and Machado, both ex-Tour vets but very much involved in today's scene, now surf without the ASP weight on their shoulders.