Castles in the Sky by Taylor Steele
Words by Bradley Hook
In this 16mm Taylor Steele release we are immersed in a world of surf travel, where the journey is as important as the destination. Each chapter of the film begins with the narration, “There once was a man who became unstuck in the world…” before melting into a delicately woven tale of a purest’s quest for surfing adventure and freedom.
[quote]There once was a man who became unstuck in the world – he took the wind for a map, he took the sky for a clock, and he set off with no destination. He was never lost.[/quote]
The film drifts seamlessly from Iceland to Vietnam, Africa to India and Peru. In every destination as much screen time is dedicated to the country’s unique panoramas and people as it is to the wave-riding, with crisp editing and chilled soundtracks effortlessly completing each tale.
The surf action is pretty good but this is a film about adventure, not surfing perfect Indonesian lefts or landing alley oops – so it’s probably not the choice to amp yourself up before a big session. That is unless you plan to travel to Peru first (and after watching this you just might!).
Notable segments include Dane Reynolds surfing a mechanical right amidst snow-capped mountains in Iceland, Rasta absolutely blowing up in India and Rob Machado nailing endless Peruvian lefts. Rob’s section is worth the price of the film alone: the guy has some serious flow, gliding above, beneath and into the lip with silky smooth precision.
The best moments for me were seeing Kalani Robb flaring up under a giant Vishnu statue’s all-knowing gaze and Rasta slotting through a pier in absolutely flawless Indian perfection.
If you are an errant dreamer who hears the sirens of adventure whispering as you lay in bed at night this film may provide the inspiration you need to get out there, on the road.
[quote]There once was a man who became unstuck in the world – with a Polaroid camera he made pictures of all the people he met, and then he gave all the pictures away. He would never forget their faces.[/quote]