The surf is WAY up in adrenalized Storm Surfers 3D – Review

Megan Lehmann reviews Storm Surfers 3D for montereyherald.com


Only Mother Nature’s most awesome brews interest the maverick big-wave surfers in “Storm Surfers 3D,” an immersive documentary that uses pioneering technology to get right inside the lip of some truly monstrous waves.

Unusually character-driven for a genre that typically deals in braggadocious montages of big barrel riding, this polished Australian production is buoyed along by the outsized personalities of a pair of pushing-50 best mates — tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll.

Without the heart-lightening sensuality of Dana Brown’s “Step into Liquid,” still the best of the more recent surf documentaries, “Storm Surfers” will struggle for the same crossover, but its adrenalized thrills, enhanced by the 3D format, make it a must-see for surfing aficionados and fans of extreme sport.

“Surfing big waves is not about how big your abs are or how much you bench press, I think it’s about your nerve,” the stocky, freckle-faced Carroll observes, and these guys have it on tap.

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