A hilariously scary portrayal of a certain kind of surfer, familiar to many, loved by few. Dominic Coleman's character is a perfectly portrayed English version, but he exists on the fringes of surf communities all over the world.
Coleman explains his inspiration:
"I started surfing about five years ago and as a landlocked, middle aged, weekend warrior I didn't have to look too far for inspiration for the character of 'Michael'.. My family all appear playing themselves.. again they didn't have to do too much acting! I also pulled in a few favours from friends like Adrian at fluid juice and a few bantham locals who all gave up a bit of time to help out.
"The inspiration for the character did actually come from a guy i met at bantham, his wife and young daughter were lugging his sup across the car park as he was chatting boards with another sweeper and i got talking to him, as he had a brand new T5 that he'd converted.. I just thought he was a very funny guy and one of the 'new' breed of mid life escapists who'd been drawn to the sea. (again much like myself i have to add)
As i had an opportunity (and some money from the film council) I thought i would love to make a film about something i love and my background work wise is predominantly tv comedy so i just set out trying to find a way to marry the two together."