Proximity is a film that pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young surfers. Proximity explores the delicate relationship between people, time, and place, showcasing surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world. The project is a creative collaboration between Teton Gravity Research, Garage Productions, and director Taylor Steele.
“I feel like my entire body of work has been building towards this production,” Steele says. “This (film) came from a desire to do something in surfing that hasn't been done before. Utilizing the latest technology, traveling to the far corners of the globe with my favorite surfers, and presenting in film, photos, virtual reality, and print media. It’s pretty much my dream project.”
The following photo essay further explores the themes that are examined in Proximity by showcasing these athletes in their most comfortable environment, the water.
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Dave Rastovich finds solace in the waters off of the Baja coast.
Shane Dorian and Albee Layer find a spot on top of a Scottish cliff to search for slabs.
In the waning hours of a long day, Rob Machado displays his unique style on a Chilean left.
Kelly Slater is arguably the best competitor in the history of surfing. Pairing him with recently crowned World Champion, John John Florence, produced electric surfing and one stimulating chess match.
If one photo sums up the meaning of Proximity it might be this shot. Shane Dorian and Albee Layer, though a generation apart, connect over a shared love of the water.
Rob Machado in his true home, the ocean.
Where there are waves surfers will follow. This even holds true during cold Japanese winters.
It's all about perspective. A fishing boat provides for a unique frame in Chile.
The Waco wave pool in Texas, where notable surfers like Albee Layer and Kalani David of the Dakine team have surfed, is currently under investigation from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for a brain-eating amoeba. It is unclear if the surf resort’s waters currently host the deadly single-celled organism, however, the death of a New Jersey surfer who visited the pool has prompted further investigation. According to The Waco Tribune Herald, Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile passed away from an
Kai Lenny is one weird dude. Continuing his trend of unconventional hydrofoiling antics (I mean when has hydrofoiling ever been “conventional”?), he takes to the ocean with a giant inflatable carrot strapped to his back. Why? He claims it acts as a kind of sail, propelling him forward enough to catch swell after swell. Oh, there’s also the time he did backflip on a foil.
Great news for traveling surfers. United Airlines has partially said goodbye to those annoyingly expensive surfboard fees. There is a slight stipulation though: customers have to be traveling to or from California. The new policy is in honor of the state’s recent recognition of surfing as their official state sport, according to PR Newswire. It extends to more than just surfboards, paddleboards and wakeboards will also receive the same treatment. Starting on October 5th, surfers passing