What if a surfer from the future time travelled back to Raglan in 1984 with 2019's best wetsuits?
Time-travel Wetsuit Comedy is not the most crowded genre in the world and therefore we can be confident in announcing that our new film is among the better in its category.
Once Upon a Time in New Zealand was filmed entirely in New Zealand and features Raglan shredder and comic Luke Cederman (aka @raglansurfreport) and his troupe of surfer-actors Sam Mathers, Elliot Paerata Reid, Tux Servene and Jordan Griffin.
Last year’s wetsuit film was A New Jersey Wetsuit Fairytale starring slab-hunter Tommy Ihnken surfing around Asbury Park and cut to covers of Springsteen songs.
The conceit of this year’s film is time travel.
To wit, what if a surfer from the future time travelled back to Raglan in 1984 with 2019’s best wetsuits?
What would it mean thirty-five years on?
Would we be wearing wetsuits with wings? Purple wetsuits? Invisible wetsuits?
The film features suits from Billabong, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Feral, Quiksilver, Vissla and Xcel whose donations made this film possible. It’s a measure, a reflection, I think, of a company’s connection to surfing when they cut generous cheques to make little culture bites that may not bounce straight back onto the bottom line but do add to the game, as a whole.
We thank, therefore, Buzz Bonneau and Alex Salz (the two surfers from Ocean Beach, San Francisco, who started and who still run Feral), my former work-pal at Stab, Mimi LaMontagne, the legendary Neil Ridgway and Sam Hopgood (Rip Curl), big-wave wrangler and surf-spot pioneer Evan Slater, and Cyndal DeVasto (Billabong), O’Neill’s Technobutter™ genius Brian Kilpatrick and enduring surf star Rob Bain (O’Neill), cute-as-a-button Rob Flick (Quiksilver), team players and shredders Corey Brindley, Vince De La Peña and Steve Neiley (Vissla) and Lance Varon, Greg Wade, Courtney Kincaid and Ed D’Ascoli, whose genius keeps the New Jersey-born Xcel ahead of the curve.
Cover versions of eighties classics I See Red, Computer Games and Not Given Lightly by master-producer and performer Pauly B, who also makes all the funny noises for Ain’t That Swell.
Filmed, edited and co-written by San Francisco’s Jack Boston.