Surfing the Internet

photo from Adventure Journal

Surfer bitten by shark in latest attack off California: Mercury News.com
Ugh. Really not much to say; just glad he’s okay for now. The bite had a radius of 14 inches.

Kelly Slater Tows-In Sandy; Surfers Go Nuts In Huge Surf: Adventure Journal.com
Damn. Just damn.

Winds From Sandy Make For Good Chicago Surfing: Associated Press
I’d like to surf all of the Great Lakes.

Chasing Mavericks Tells The True Story of a Surfing Legend: Huffington Post
Haven’t seen it yet. Reviews aren’t overly effusive.

Splinters documents the impact of surfing’s competitive side in Papua New Guinea

I wasn’t expecting to see what I saw in this trailer. It starts off portraying the natural, native spirit of surfing in a remote coastal culture. It looks like the anti-surf movie, a story grounded in the roots of wave riding. Then it turns. And it turns hard. “Splinters” looks to be a true documentary, not a surf film intoxicated by tube shots and sponsored yacht trips to remote breaks. As the title implies, this is a story about what happens when the norms of an exotic, insular island culture clash with the harsh, jagged edge of commercial surfing.

A documentary about an Indian Yogi, motorcycles and the Himalayas? Yes, please.

Wow. This looks super freaking cool.

The Highest Pass” is a documentary about seven followers of a contemporary spiritual guru named Anand who set out on motorcycles along one of the world’s most dangerous roads in northern India to witness, possibly, their teacher fulfill his vision of dying in an accident at age 27.

The trailer shows us the possibility for a film that seemingly exposes the innards of a distant mountain culture often shrouded by our pining for its surface-level wilderness and commercialized adventure. I would love to hike in this part of the world, no question about it. However, there is always something else going on in the places we love to explore beyond the places we love to explore.

Color me intrigued. It comes out in April and hopefully makes it to a nearby theater.