I’ll be the first to admit it, I didn’t expect much from this film. Since it’s theatrical release in September of 2011, it’s been kicking its fins around, begging to be watched. Almost a year later, all I can say is…I wish I’d listened to its pleas sooner!
“Come Hell or High Water” is artfully produced, shaping stories of bodysurfing pioneers with captivating imagery and a soulful soundtrack.
Keith Malloy masterfully strips bodysurfing down to its core, thus communicating an inspiring “Ode to the Ocean” thru the action sport. Only one other surf film has ever left such a powerful impression upon me, which “Step into Liquid,” directed by Dana Brown in 2003.
Now it’s nine years later and here I was, sitting on my couch literally twisting and turning as Mike Stewart “break dances” through barrels at Point Panic. I could feel the amp run through my veins as legend Mark Cunningham, glides through the big waves of Tahiti like a superhero.
As the movie came to a close and the film credits began to roll (a time when typically you question whether you just wasted 2 hours of your life), I felt stoked and inspired.
“Come Hell or High Water” AKA In Spite Of All Obstacles, Bodysurfing will Persist!
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