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Film Review: Picaresque

May 30, 2012

I recently received a copy of Mikey DeTemple’s first film, Picaresque. A surf movie sans script, the film is intended to “showcase longboarding in a new light; getting away from the preconceived notions and turning up the tempo.” A collaboration between High Seas Films and Flesh Profits Nothing, the film features “an über-talented group of 25-and-unders,” including Scotty Stopnik, Matty Chojnacki, Chris Christenson and Mikey DeTemple. The project, which took a few years to finish, allowed Mikey and his crew to travel around the world, stopping in Australia, California, Florida, France, Mexico, New England, New York, and Costa Rica.

As a fan of logs and longboarding, Picaresque had me green with envy, wishing I could walk to the nose with such ease, such confidence. Shot in Super 16mm film, there’s a classic meets contemporary feeling throughout. Walking away from that progressive, off the lip, big bottom turn, three fin style of surfing seen so often, Picaresque sheds light on an unseen and almost always unappreciated side of surfing. There’s a few extra fins in there for good measure. A fish. A six-foot single. But the focus remains. Big boards and unbelievable balance. Logging offers few limitations.

So, how does it stack up? Towards the top. I’ve seen my fair share of surf stuff recently. Short videos on Vimeo, feature length DVDs, everything in between. One thing I really appreciate is the lack of commentary. The seamless transitions between scenes. The soundtrack. More surfing, less shit. If I’m going to spend that much scratch, I hope to have a film that fills my living room full of stoke. Feed the fire. So if love logs, longboards and other weird watercraft, watch Picaresque. Worth every penny.

You can pick up your own copy of Picaresque, here.

Justin Coffey is known to enjoy small waves, strong drinks, motorcycles and misbehaving. He’s also the guy that runs Peanut Butter Coast.

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1 Comment

  • Reply J. Wolf June 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    To practice walking out to the nose, the owner of Surf Garage – where I worked doing ding repair – taught me to cut out the shape of your board from cardboard and walk that when at home or at work when things were slow.

    It helps your mind start to learn the dimensions of your board and the mechanics of walking it.

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