When one thinks about surf movies, what comes to mind are the Hawaiian surf documentary Riding Giants (2004), Michelle Rodriguez riding the waves of Oahu in Blue Crush (2002), the heart-pounding shark attack at Kauai, Hawaii in Soul Surfer (2011), and the mythic surf break of Santa Cruz, California in Chasing Mavericks (2012).
But it's now 2014, and we're not in the USA. We're in the surfing hotspot that is the Philippines.
Coming this December is the first-ever Filipino surfing film titled "Archipelago," which is apt for the film’s vision of showcasing the many surfing spots of the Philippines. With more than 7,000 islands, it's no wonder that we have a number of reef breaks and beach breaks in every nook and cranny (or should I say, land formation).
Learn more about the Philippines' world-renowned surfing havens:
- LUZON: How Hollywood Discovered This Philippine Surfing Haven: Baler, Aurora
- LUZON: 3 Beach Resorts Where You Can Surf & Slack at Puraran, Catanduanes
- VISAYAS: VisayaSurf! 6 Surfing Spots You Probably Didn't Know About
- VISAYAS: Guiuan: How a Town Destroyed by a Supertyphoon Can Rebuild With Surfing
- MINDANAO: 6 Super Surfing Sites in Mindanao: Make This Your Checklist!
- MINDANAO: Surfing in Cemetery to Cloud 9: Ten Must-Visits in World-Famous Siargao
Directed by Mark Mabanag, the film was shot in a span of three years and delves into the heart of surfing, as witnessed in eight different locations including La Union, Baler, and Siargao. The film features some of the Philippines' finest talents as they showcase their art, passion, and athleticism in the water.
All photos from Facebook: Archipelago.