When the name Travis Rice is attached to a project you know it’s going to have all the money, aerial shots, HUGE lines, and Red Bull that a project possibly could have thrown at it. The name alone elicits that sickly sweet combination of taurine and caffeine (and maybe strawberry?) in my mouth. Needless to say when Rice gets an idea in his head, he has the resources to put it in motion.
What was put in motion was a three year project which followed the hydrological cycle of water and heat around the North Pacific. Ok, cool, got it. Wait, what? Yeah, they snowboarded a lot. AND WENT BIG.
With fellow snowboard prodigies Mikkel Bang, Shin Biyajima and Ben Ferguson, Rice follows the flow of snow ladened air around the North Pacific in search of the biggest lines, steepest drops and a close call with an Avalanche which left a mountain face bare. Rice emerging humbled by his close call with one of Mother Nature’s most destructive forces is probably the most powerful moment of the film and allows a glimpse into the human that resides inside the superstar that is Travis Rice.
Overall a spectacular spectacle and feast for the senses, The Fourth Phase raises the bar for cinematic Snowboard films. In the tradition of The Art of Flight, The Fourth Phasemay not be what every snowboarder desires in a film made about the sport, but it can’t be faulted for its vision and sheer awe inspiring grandeur.
After a year spent like most pro surfers chasing perfect barrels in balmy far flung waters, Mick Fanning admits that “I don’t think I’m well, I can go anywhere in the world, boardshorts, whatever. But no, I come here.” “Here” being the frigid waters off the coast of Norway. While a little off the radar of the WSL and this week’s Pipe crowd, Norway offered an opportunity of a life time to surf under the Northern Lights.
Captured by Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth, the resulting images and video are stunning and unlike anything ever seen before in the world of surf:
Stretching across such diverse territory as Hawaii, Indonesia, Iceland, South Africa, and Europe, surfer Matt Bromley and videographer Guy Mac show the risks and rewards associated with escaping their comfort zones and globetrotting across some of the world’s most unique surf. Chasing swell and sticking to a budget a lot of surfers can relate to, the two journeymen sought to make a modern surf classic.