Northcore “Frontiers” DVD
Over the years we’ve been out and about swell chasing in some of the planets more hostile winter surfing environments having fun and getting cold! But in the passed two years we’ve began to document these adventures in film producing a series of award winning shorts on the UK North Sea and Irish Atlantic coasts. We’ve had the privilege of working with some great film makers, amazing surfers and been honored to be supported with music from both Ben Howard and Half Moon Run.
The subsequent short films have become a trilogy of sorts which we’ve named “Frontiers” and which we’ve complied onto a 12 minute DVD which is available now for only £2.50. Either drop us an email or purchase online (once our shop launches early Nov 2014). The films are:
Fathoms Left To Fall
An Award Winning short film of one epic day of huge surf during March 2012 at Mullaghmore Head, County Sligo: “The yin and yang of a trip. The highs and the lows. The epic rides and the epic falls. Surfing isn’t a easy game to get right, once in a lifetime 50 ft faces followed by a endless search for shelter. Tides reveal dry reefs, squalls break promises. Rain dampens enthusiasm, talk of hidden secrets abound but the wind in it’s infinite wisdom keeps them just that, secret. There’s no urgency yesterday’s euphoria still burns. Another trip another day. No fathoms left to fall.”—-
A Northcore Film, Directed by Chris McClean, Director of Photography Mark Waters, Edited by Mark Waters, Produced by Gabe Davies, Executive Producer – Matt Strathern, Music – Ben Howard – Depth over Distance.
Surfers – Gabe Davies, Richie Fitzgerald, Fergal Smith, Tom Lowe, Ollie O’Flaherty, Eric Rebiere, Paul O’Kane, Neil Britton, Tom Butler, Sebastian Steudtner, Andrew Cotton, Al Mennie
Winner of Best International Short Film – Hamburg Surf and Skate Film Festival
Mullaghmore head- During the storm they called Hercules
Pilgrimage of Grace
The second installment of a series of awarding winning short films from Northcore, shot on the UK’s rugged North East coast. “North Sea swells are never easy to predict, low pressure charts often allow hopes of fresh swell to soar only to fade as dawn breaks and nature hasn’t delivered. Occasionally those broken promises are redeemed and all the elements combine gracing us with pristine lines of energy sculpted by offshore wind, reef and blessed by sunshine. This is when the North Sea glows and the pilgrimage begins.”
A Northcore Film, by- Chris McClean, Executive Producer – Matt Strathern, Additional Footage- Lewis Arnold.
Music – Lake Poets – Mercury Retrograde Notwithstanding
and Half Moon Run – Full Circle
Surfers – Gabe Davies, Sandy Kerr, Owain Davies and Ryan Hammond
Somewhere on the UK’s NE coast
The storm systems during the winter of 2013/14 have been wholly unprecedented for the shores of Western Europe. Back to back low pressure systems originating in the US eastern seaboard have whipped up seemingly endless storm to hurricane force winds which have battered the coastlines of the UK and Ireland with horrific ferocity. The one upside to the devastating storms has been monstrous open ocean swells sometimes creating Atlantic wave buoy readings in the 30ft and 20 sec range! which have seen surfers at home and abroad buzzing about the possibilities of catching the biggest waves of their lives.
Our film “934” sprang to life after the Northcore team decided to chase after the mother of all the storms. A low pressure system which began to wind itself up in the Atlantic during the first week of Jan 2014 eventually reached a near record low pressure reading of 934mb. The system was so fierce it even spawned its own names, officially “Hercules” and unofficially the “Black Hole swell”, that generated massive surf which travelled North from Scotland right down to Morocco lighting up every big wave spot on the way. Some of the Northcore team riders selected to gather at Mullaghmore head in County Sligo, Ireland to meet up with Hercules and in the tense, quite moments before the collective tow session go button was pressed we captured some of the riders thoughts on what it feels like before setting out to tackle one of the planets heaviest waves.
A NORTHCORE FILM:
PRODUCED BY: Matt Strathern, CAMERA: James Skerritt, EDIT: Simon Weir
SURFERS: Conor Maguire, Peter Conroy, Sandy Kerr, Ollie O’Flaherty and Paul O’Kane