Remember when your fourteen-year-old idea of high production values involved convincing your parents to shill for a video camera then editing your shitty skate/surf sessions to music and adding preset title sequences and transitions? It was a thrill for sure in that narcissistic way that seeing your own name on a screen is thrilling but thanks to guys like Spike Jonze and Ty Evans and brands like Red Bull the once lo-fi world of surf/skate/riding motorbikes off monuments is getting increasingly George Lucas on us.
To wit, Rip Curl pros and world champions Mick Fanning and Stef Gilmore recently hooked up with the guys behind the The Matrix’s oft-imitated slow motion bullet time effect to create a surfing world first in a wavepool in Malaysia. Armed with 52 Canon SLR cameras, 3 Macs and half a dozen hard drives, the final product watches like a visual amalgam of Keanu Reeves’ most famous roles. A little Matrix, a little Point Break and a whole lot of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. As Reeves himself might say, whoa.
Watch below…

And the making of…