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Step Into Liquid

Surf's Up

About.com Rating 3 Star Rating

By Marcy Dermansky

Step Into Liquid
It's a definitely a sight to behold: a man on a surf board, riding out a sixty six foot wave, one hundred feet from land, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Blue sky, blue water, sea lions. Dana Brown's surf documentary "Step Into Liquid" gives you that. At times, the cinematography is stunning, the camera so close to the surfer that it takes you inside the wave, beneath the falling crest.

Dana Brown, son of the Bruce Brown ("Endless Summer"), has created a genial film. He loves surfing, and he interviews people who also love surfing. Not only do you learn about the surfing greats and the greatest surf spots on the planet, but you get to see the ordinary freaks who make do with what they've got: surfers who ride the waves of the Great Lakes and a crew of guys who surf the placid waters of Galveston Texas, chasing the wake of passing oil tankers. Brown also makes a laudable effort to cover the women's international surf community, and I heartily respect that. (Last year's award winning skate boarding documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" barely gave lip service to the one female member of the infamous crew).

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