Modern Collective: Surfing's New Wave

While hanging out at the AFI FEST in L.A. to promote my doc Best Worst Movie, I took time to check out the premiere of Modern Collective, from Poor Specimen, Taylor Steele's production company. It's been getting a lot of hype, so I figured I needed to see for myself what it was all about. The film is director Kai Neville's first feature, and it follows the pros Dane Reynolds, Dion Agius, Yadin Nicol, Mitch Coleborn, Dusty Payne, and Jordy Smith as they turn tricks on hard, chunky waves. This movie is definitely not for the more mellow crowd (read: if you're a big Jack Johnson fan, you might not be into this). These guys are all about adrenaline and trying to do the next best thing. The surfing is incredible to watch, and the event itself was a whole lot of fun. The stars of the film were there, models roamed around, alcohol flowed freely, and everyone got wireless headphones from Skullcandy for the screening. For a taste of the action at home, download the film on iTunes, available now.

--Brad Klopman

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