If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride at Pipeline, flirting on the edge of some of the ocean’s most powerful and dangerous waves, then you’re ready to Step Into Liquid
. In this new documentary, director Dana Brown
finds that “the stoke” – the passion and elation that keeps surfers paddling back for more – can be found in some pretty unlikely places. Son of Bruce Brown, whose The Endless Summer
and its sequel are the best known and most widely seen surfing films ever, Dana’s perspective on surfing is a wholly unique one, and he has seen it go from flaky fad to international phenomenon. Moving far beyond the beaches of sunny Southern California, surfing now criss-crosses the globe, from Texas to Wisconsin, Ireland to Vietnam. Traveling to some of the hottest surfing spots in the world, Dana finds the real search isn’t for the biggest tube or most radical ride, but instead uncovers and examines what it is about surfing that hooks people’s souls, becoming integral to their lives in ways that far exceed a simple pastime.
There are as many surfer stories to be found as there are surfers, such as the guy who hasn’t missed a day in the water for over 27 years. Or the one eager to get back on his board even after a crippling accident. The film also pays notice to the rise of women in the sport, checks in on the subjects from The Endless Summer
films, and follows one group of fearless surfers who head 100 miles from shore to ride some 60-foot-plus, once-every-ten-years waves. With stunning photography that puts the viewer right in the water with many of the best surfers of today, it’s time to Step Into Liquid – to catch a wave and get stoked.