Destination Stoke

Native Surf Filmmaker Screens Latest Flick

From magazines to movies, surf media has long suffered from time delay. All too often local lineups and beachside parking lots will be abuzz with tales of epic swells on foreign shores, heroic contest results, and horrific wipeouts months before the physical documentation of these events ever becomes available for widespread consumption. Such is not the case this week when UCSB graduate and Santa Barbara resident Josh Pomer unveils his latest surf film, Destination Point, at the Victoria Hall Theater. Riding a wave of sold-out Destination Point premieres from San Diego to L.A., Pomer is coming home this Saturday night with more than an hour of action-packed, fast-paced surf footage — much of which has been filmed in the past month alone. Shooting and editing up until the morning of the first screening, Destination includes 30-foot death slabs from last week’s Mavericks contest as well as stunning testimony to the mind-bending perfection that was Santa Barbara surfing in early ’06. And that is not even the half of it. It has been two years since Pomer, the mastermind behind The Kill surf-film series, has made a movie and, judging by the contents of Destination, it looks like he has been hoarding a serious stoke-filled stash of celluloid. As he puts it, “There is no real story line to Destination Point other than that it’s just the best surfing footage I’ve taken in the past two years, and a lot of it is from Santa Barbara County.” He’s got Tom Curren, the Godfather of Style, pulling in deep and often all over the South Coast. He’s got younger local standouts like Tarik Khashoggi, Josh Bradbury, and Pete Mussio absolutely ripping waves that most everyone in a Santa Barbara theater will recognize. As if that weren’t enough, Pomer has thrown in choice cuts from two particular sessions from last season that have since become the subject of local lore: a certain rivermouth that went world-class for about a week and a day along the Seacliff exit that must be seen to be believed. With that said, Destination Point isn’t all 805 all the time. There is your standard-issue dreamtime footage of a No Fear boat trip in Indonesia, a healthy amount of Pomer’s native Santa Cruz surf spots, a bevy of Mexican beach-break barrels, and the required surf porn from the North Shore of Oahu featuring the likes of Kelly Slater and Bruce Irons. From Rincon to Uluwatu and Santa Clara to Pipeline, this movie is “all about surfers trying to find the best waves they can and then capturing the magic of those rare days,” said Pomer. And in that regard Destination Point is a definite success. But perhaps the crowning achievement of the film is its dedication and documentation of Santa Barbara’s very own Bobby Martinez. The low-profile Westside native is the first local board rider to qualify for the World Championship Tour of surfing since a young Tommy Curren did it more than 20 years ago. Set to begin the tour in Australia later this month, Martinez and his polished goofy-foot attack take center stage in Destination Point, and the result is guaranteed to make you scream out loud.

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