We watch a lot of footage here at TGR, and it’s safe to say that many of us suffer from what I like to call “stoke fatigue” from watching a few too many shredits a day. That’s why when something like filmmaker Drew Miller’s latest surf short comes along, we appreciate the little things that make it stand apart. Instead of 120 seconds of high-energy big wave riding, it’s a soulful homage to the sport that actually gets us inspired to go outside and experience it for ourselves. If anything, it’s just soothing to watch – a little yoga for the eyes. Hey, it even made Vimeo Staff Pick!
"Assorted Rides" is comprised of a few sessions in California where I met up with a surfer I’ve really enjoyed watching over the years. Devon Howard’s approach to surfing inspired the feel of this short—a modern classic. In preparation for this project, I pored over old surf photography books with works by guys like LeRoy Grannis and Ron Stoner. They are photographers that captured moments and told stories through the use of dramatic backlighting and color accents compressed through a manual focus telephoto lens that—when complimented by the grain of film—produced a timeless image. My hope is the short film does two things: 1.) Makes you want to go surfing right now! 2.) To record a moment in time which represents what I think is Devon's best surfing to date, at age 46 no less.