Canada in February. Fast, what involves thoughts first? Rocky mountains coated in snow? Yard hockey rinks? The floor of the moon if the moon was coated in ice and street salt?
All the above are correct, however not the whole image. That is additionally the time when cult out of doors design and attire brand Arc’teryx selected to unveil its first-ever surf film, Comfortable Recluse, starring professional surfer Pete Devries.
The film, additionally that includes photographer Jeremy Koreski, delves into the mindset required for chilly water browsing, following Devries up and down the Vancouver Island shoreline as he seems for spots that meet his quick, however particular, record of standards: Good waves. Dramatic backdrop.
It could be about as far-off from basic Hawaiian pipeline or SoCal picture of driving waves, however it additionally imbues the game with a novel sense of journey and discovery that lots of browsing’s hotter staples have lengthy misplaced.
“It’s uncooked, it’s stormy, the circumstances hardly ever align,” says Devries. “Nobody’s going to inform you the place the great waves are. It’s hard-earned classes that get you there. The chilly isn’t for everybody—however it’s for me.”
It’s a enjoyable film, superbly shot, and makes excellent sense for a brand like Arc’teryx, which prides itself on creating gear that may survive absolutely anything. Yeti blazed the same path again in 2017 with Bruhwiler Country, giving us a peek at one other group of Vancouver Island surfers pushing the envelope of the game.
If Comfortable Recluse does make you’re feeling the pull of chilly water, you may additionally like Ben Gulliver’s The Seawolf (2017), additionally that includes Devries, or Chris Burkard’s superb Under An Arctic Sky (2017), or the adventures of New Jersey’s chilly water kings at Numbskulls.
As branded content material goes, browsing remains to be fairly cool, however what’s actually cool is browsing distant areas in the midst of winter.