It is always refreshing to watch independent surf films that showcase the reality for surfers along a stretch of coast, somewhere far away.The El Nino Effect is one of those little gems, showcasing El Nino’s massive swells that arrived in California this past winter.

You’ll find no Indonesian panoramas, or idyllic turquoise seas. Instead a gritty portrayal of the everyday surfer’s quest to find treasure along their home shores.

Here’s the site for more info on the film if the YouTube description isn’t enough: www.chasingsurf.com/