"Blue Intensity" celebrates pure surfing

June 20, 2018 | Surfing
Dane Gudauskas: one of the stars of 'Blue Intensity' | Photo: Vans

Get ready to watch a surf film that finally features surfers riding waves. Thank you for focusing on what really matters, "Blue Intensity."

These days, surf filmmakers are focused on being art, funny, and indie. But the audience begins to show signs of boredom. It may sound strange, but we need more surf and less dubious director skills.

"Blue Intensity," the new short movie by George Trim, delivers what some of us missed most - loads of epic waves and straightforward surfing.

And instead of putting all the money on airs and new school, the director took a few steps back and delivered us early 2000s wave riding.

The film reminds us of the beauty of slow motion, especially when intelligently used to highlight body movements and the breaking of some waves that are so characteristic of surfing.

Really Real Surfing

And the realism of some close-ups will give you goosebumps.

Why? Because everything in "Blue Intensity" looks natural, unpretentious, and instinctive. And the fact that it was shot "somewhere" in the South Pacific also helps.

We missed the heavenly blue underwater angles and those deep duck dives that delve into the transparent liquid.

But the director's work is much more than that, including near-impossible tube exits and stylish kick-outs.

George Trim serves a delicious gourmet menu in which the bluish ingredients prevail. But you'll also witness a few spicy wipeouts that add a mortality factor to the surfers' existence.

Interestingly, the 14-minute film features left-hand rides only. Not that it matters much. All in all, the film restores our faith in pure surfing and teaches us a few barrel-riding lessons.

After watching "Blue Intensity," which could have also been named "Blue Cylinders," you'll be able to fine-tune your carves, tail slides, and floaters because there's a lot of juice to be squeezed from each frame.

The original score by The Forbidden Trim Band fully engages with the scenes brought to you by the likes of Dane Reynolds, Nathan Fletcher, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas, Joel Tudor, Alex Knost, and many more.

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