Tide, wind, swell size, direction, interval, crowd, sand, there's an infinite set of variables when it comes to optimal surfing conditions.
For this film I wanted to record the misadventure that often plagues our trips and how often those variables often get in the way of making a surf film because it's usually laughable.
Dane was offered a budget by surf brand Vans to make a surf film before the chaos of COVID started. The Former founder is a busy man these days and completely forgot about it until Vans called him up to see if he’s ready to start shooting post-COVID.
The anxiety crept in with Dane only having six months to shoot, but he saw it as too good of an opportunity to waste in an era of few backed surf films.
The Chapter 11 production team got off to a poor start, with the surfers getting flat waves and little content on their first trip to Mexico for the film. As they went on the expensive trip beyond the border, Eithan Osbourne’s back at their home in California scoring pumping waves. It seemed like the film was in big trouble with their continued bad luck until they headed to Chile and scored perfect left-hand points the South American country possesses.
It was a cool bonus with all the mixed bag of featured surfers such as Wade Goodall, Bobby Martinez and Australia’s Holly Wawn all shredding.
As the waves were predominantly disappointing throughout production, Dane’s ethos for the film ultimately changed.
” I wanted to record the misadventure that often plagues our trips and how often those variables often get in the way of making a surf film because it’s usually laughable.”
It was a fun journey to go on with Dane and his friends on their pursuit to make a quality film.