Strange Rumblings In Shangri La: odd name, awed waves

"Strange Rumblings In Shangri La" is the latest world surfing adventure by filmmaker Joe G.

These days, all surf movies tend to have peculiar titles. "Strange Rumblings In Shangri La" is one of them, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a watch.

Joe G gathered the most interesting group of surfers in some of the most beautiful surf spots in the world. Add late afternoon surf sessions, blue waters, and an intelligent use of colors to produce the perfect surf film.

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Surfing: one of the world's oldest sports | Photo: John Severson

Surfing is one of the world's oldest sports. Although the act of riding a wave started as a religious/cultural tradition, the truth is that surfing rapidly transformed into a global water sport.

The popularity of surfing is the result of a sum of events, innovations, influential people, and technological developments. The early surfers had to challenge the power of the oceans with heavy, finless surfboards.

Today, surfing has evolved into an high-tech extreme sport, in which hydrodynamics and materials play a vital role. Surfboard craftsmen have improved their techniques; wave riders have bettered their skills.

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Surf Rodeo: there's free beer out in the line-up

The Surf Rodeo 2014 promises a one-of-a-kind surf competition with bands, beer gardens, bikini cowgirls, a bucking bull, and yellow Volkswagen vans, between 12th-13th July, in Ventura, California.

In the land of Dane Reynolds, the surf freestyler runs the show. He will be shaping two replica surfboards that will be used in the Surf Rodeo, and then auctioned off.

The event created by JD Drury aims to bring the highly competitive, cut-throat, solemn atmosphere of today's surf competitions back to its relaxed roots, where fun always comes first.

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