We’ve culled through our collection of surfing films, and wanted to highlight a best seller and definitely a favorite: The Seedling by Thomas Campbell. It’s often dubbed as “longboarding at its best and one of the finest surf movies ever made.”
Shot on 16mm film, The Seedling is not a movie about ripping, shredding, or performing death-defying aerials (so may not be a short-boarder’s favorite). But, if you are a long-boarder, this is a pure “surf art” film with an old school, retro feel… a perfect flick for those who appreciate art, film and the subtleties of the sport of surfing. The combination of excellent surfing footage is expertly edited with just the right amount of artistic flare, and complimented with a cool soundtrack that truly showcases the art and sport of the classic longboard style of surfing.
The Seedling takes you around the world through France, Mexico, California, Hawaii, the Canary Islands and New York. It showcases a small group of California log riders like Joel Tudor, Devon Howard, Kassia Meador, Dane Peterson, Seitaro Nakamura, Josh Farberow, Jimmy Gamboa, and special guest riders Skip Frye and Donald Takayama. It also includes some fantastic bonus footage from the likes of Alex Knost, scribbles from Evan Hecox and Andy Davis, as well as extra surfing footage.
It’s truly inspiring. In fact, what fans like best about this film is that the waves in it are very accessible and often similar to what the average surfer will encounter at his home break on any given day. Unlike watching Kelly Slater surfing waves some place remote in the South Pacific, you may actually take ideas from The Seedling and go try them out for yourself.