‘Mind Surfing’ has been live on the internet for around a month now, but I wanted to share a little insight into making it as well as get it up here on the website.
When 805 first approached me about making a film, we had several ideas as well as ideas of who to work with. 805 mentioned Keith Malloy and when I saw him out in the water one day, I asked him if he would be interested in working on a film with us. We chatted in between waves and I was honored that he was excited about the idea!
As a kid growing up in the 805, I have looked up to Keith and his brothers Chris and Dan for a better part of my life. The Malloys were surfers who found success in carving their own path through the surf world and embracing their roots in the 805. I have really looked up to their unique approach, authenticity, humility, and hard charging attitude. They are bad asses and they also offered much more than just great surfing. Luckily, over the years I have gotten to know all of the Malloy brothers, shared some surfs, cold beers, and good talks on the beach.
When Keith got involved, our project transformed more into telling my story of growing up in the 805, my influences, and how these molded my life and career to finishing 4th in the world on the WSL tour. I was extremely honored that Keith felt this was a story worth telling and one that he wanted to tell through his production company Bimarian films. We didn’t film much for the project, but the few times we did, we had a really great time hanging out. It certainly didn’t feel like we were “working” on a film.
To me surfing has always been much more than just competing. It’s a way of life. It’s an expression. It’s connecting with friends. Sharing time with family. Being in nature. It’s all of this and so much more.
It’s always a little weird trusting people to portray you the way that you feel you are. When I watch Mind Surfing, I really feel it is a reflection of my life and who I am as a person. To me, that is the most important element of the film. I am a very passionate person about many things in life and I love learning new things from new people. I love surfing, the ocean, my family, my hometown, my fiancé, connecting with nature, food, and at the end of the day these things are all rooted in the 805. I’m so grateful for the life that all of this has created for me.
I hope you enjoy the film.
If you ever have any questions, please reach out 🙂
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