Another swell Bonython surf film effort

TIM Bonython’s 12th Australian Surf Movie Festival is back bigger and better on a big screen near you.
TIM Bonython’s 12th Australian Surf Movie Festival is back bigger and better on a big screen near you. Trent Slatter

TIM Bonython's 12th Australian Surf Movie Festival is back bigger and better on a big screen near you.

Showcasing the year that was in 2014, Bonython has been banging out epic surf movies since 1981 and is now ready to release his latest film extravaganza chasing down the biggest swells of the year.

It's kind of 'old school' style, where Bonython as the film producer takes his adventure film festival on the road, presenting the show to the audience with his colourful commentary and peppering the viewers with door prizes in the intermission.

"Sometimes I wonder how many surf stories can be bundled into one year and just when you think the season is done ... bang! There's another swell to chase," he said.

"This year I was invited on a mission down to a place I have been longing to document, Pedra Branca, 27kms south east of Tasmania.

"It's out in the middle of the ocean where two huge rocks sit. The wave that breaks off this place is monstrous.

"On a given day, Pedra can dish out one of the biggest, most dangerous, waves on the planet. Tasmanian James Hollmer-Cross was almost killed there riding a 60-foot beast!"

One of Bonython's favourite slabs (a serious lump of water that hits a very shallow reef that creates a very serious barrel/tube) is called the Right down in south-west of Western Australia. On the right conditions, it can make the biggest barrel on the planet as seen in the photo above of Cooly kid Dean Morrison.

Last Easter, the crew went down with Australia's most respected big-wave surfers Mark Mathews, and Gold Coasters Ryan Hipwood and Dean Morrison. Bonython said it was the biggest day documented down there. "Good Friday was huge!" he said.

Following were two trips to Shipsterns Bluff in Tasmania. In August it was back to the Right where Tim introduces up-and-coming big-wave surfing star Russell Bierke. He also had to incorporate a shoot for Redbull with Mark Mathews and Taj Burrow.

In September, Bonython was invited to Tahiti to shoot Point Break 2 and when he wasn't shooting the stunt doubles, he filmed the general surfers on what was the best day of the year.

Back in Australia, he made a hectic trip back to WA where, over three days, he documented three incredible spots. Firstly, the Cow Bombie down near Margaret River, then he boarded a plane willing to fly the crew north of Perth to a spot called Gnarloo that would normally take 15 hours by car. They returned on the same day.

Always an action man, Bonython then jumped into a speedboat where the boys surfed an aggressive reef break off Rottness Island.

In late September a big swell formed under Australia which created a monster swell to Fiji.

"I rallied up the best Aussie surfers I could and headed to Tavarua. Cloudbreak had monster surf with one wave talked up as the biggest wave ever surfed by local Fijian surfer Isei Tokovou on a wave that was around 30 feet!"

The end result of swell chasing sessions for 2014 finishing up with editing more than 100 minutes of amazing surf stories all shot in the southern hemisphere.

"We are truly excited that ASMF 12 is going to blow minds when it comes to the excitement of big-wave surfing all seen on the big screen!"

Topics:  film outdoor-living surfing

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