Olympian, Sports Illustrated model and “body positivity advocate” emerges from mysterious disappearance to stake claim as world’s best female surfer with game-changing short, “Portrait of a Woman on Fire!”
Florida surfer Caroline Marks "floats on a spectrum of reality higher than most of her peers."
The mystery of Caroline Marks’ absence from the first half of this year’s tour is a composite of sub-plots that may never be satisfactorily explained.
But, the twenty year old and former rookie of the year didn’t squander her time away from the contest scene.
The short below was mostly filmed in Sumatra’s Mentawai islands during the contest window for the G-Land event and demonstrates, with little doubt, that she floats on a spectrum of reality higher than most of her peers.
Clips from southern California and Waco round out the picture.
Kelly Slater reveals full horror of Sunny Garcia’s suicide attempt in explosive new docuseries, “I found out this morning they’re going to turn off the machine on Sunny tonight so he won’t be with us tomorrow.”
“The not knowing is the hardest part. Is he going to pass away today? Is he going to make it through tonight?”
Real hard to believe its been three years since the world champ and six-time Triple Crown winner Sunny Garcia was found near death after a suicide attempt by hanging at his Oregon home.
The forty nine year old had posted this shortly before he was found.
Sunny was subsequently put into an induced coma, sent to a hospital in California for lung surgery before being transported to a Texas facility to undergo treatment paid for by his wealthy Harvard-educated girlfriend Lori Park, one of the first software engineers at Google.
In the third episode of Kelly Slater’s Lost Tapes, an eleven-part series that follows Slater’s travails on the 2019 tour, we find the out-of-form champ in Bali where he must process the terrible news.
“I found out this morning they’re going to turn off the machine on Sunny tonight so he won’t be with us tomorrow… The not knowing is the hardest part. Is he going to pass away today? Is he going to make it through tonight?”
Slater eventually channels the spirit of Sunny into a shock win over Filipe Toledo who tells Slater after their quarter-final, “You know you got lucky.”
Slater laughs, “I gotta beat him once in my fucking career.”
A still from episode three, when the pace of the series picks up a little.
New Kelly Slater docuseries opens rare window into greatest of all time’s soul as tour shifts to Bells Beach and historic biggest-swell-ever hits famous wave, “I really feel so hopeless”
The action tugs at your arm so completely you’ll be jerked into complete attention!
Nathan Florence, one week from turning twenty-eight and with reddish brown eyes like dried blood, is the most interesting of the Florence pack, funny, brave, charmingly kooky.
In this short, which contains Nathan’s POV clips snatched by his little GoPro camera at big Teahupoo a week or thereabouts ago, the viewer is gifted the surfer’s view of what it’s like to sit in that tight line-up, waiting for a wave that could, and would like to, plunge its stilettos into your face.
Examine the hold-down at 4:23 where Nathan is underwater for fifteen seconds. Close your eyes. Imagine you’re there. Hold your breath. It ain’t easy.