Billabong and Taylor Steele's Surf Trilogy Debuts in the US
The highly anticipated new Taylor Steele surf movie starring Andy Irons, Taj Burrow and Joel Parkinson rolls out to rave reviews in San Diego and Las Vegas...
The big guns of world surfing traded the waves for the red carpet in California to celebrate the world premiere of the years most anticipated surf film.
Billabong’s Trilogy, filmed and produced by legendary surf cinematographer Taylor Steele, played to over 3000 enthusiasts, celebrities, surf industry heavyweights and professionals at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego and the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
The film is an expose into the lives of three times world champion Andy Irons (Haw) Joel Parkinson (Coolangatta, QLD) and Taj Burrow (Yallingup, WA). It is the first time the trio have worked on a dedicated feature film together and all three have been highly competitive in securing strong parts in the production over the past 18 months.
“I’m very happy with it," said Steele. “You never really know until you get some crowd feedback and there was plenty of noise coming out of both shows. We went into the edit room with each of the guys and saw how passionate they were about which waves they wanted in the film which was great. I think it really gave them a good idea of how it all works, and I’m stoked to be able to showcase the talent of three really unique surfers."
Rated as three of the most inspirational and influential surfers of modern time, Trilogy was filmed over the past 18 months and features locations including Spain, Morocco, Australia, Tahiti, Indonesia, Mexico and Hawaii.
Irons, who blows minds from the opening sequence and leaves the viewer wide eyed after one session at a renowned Indonesian left hander said he had mixed emotions about the film’s debut and forthcoming release: “It has been a long two years of filming and we got some great waves at the start of the production," said Irons. “I didn’t get much towards the end but just surfing with Parko and Taj was awesome. It’s kind of sad in a way that the project is over but I’m really exited to see how people will like it."
Without spoiling the show, highlights from the film include a session of Iron’s blowing tail in Bali, Burrow finding huge tubes in Morocco and Parkinson scoring a perfect session at a secret Australian reef break.
“It’s always pretty exiting getting good waves and nailing some good clips, I’m looking forward to just taking it all in," said Burrow.
The sought-after final section, which is the holy grail for any professional surfer in a Steele produced film is usually objectively awarded to the surfer with the strongest footage.
With all three stars notching up incredible action from around the globe, the final decision was reached over a game of no limit Texas Hold ‘Em poker and won by the West Australian Burrow.
“We played poker for the final section, it was a nerve racking game, but I got the win in the end," he said.
For Parkinson, Trilogy followed directly on from 12 months of filming for biopic, Free As A Dog and will be his second dedicated feature in under 2 years. The laid back Coolangatta kid with the smoothest style in surfing doesn’t fail to disappoint on this latest collaboration.
“There is so many different feelings in surfing," he said. “From the feeling of winning contests and other highs, there is nothing better than sitting in a big amphitheatre, getting a huge barrel up on the screen and everyone is around you screaming their heads off. Just to hear those screams in insane, you know they like it and it’s reassuring."
Trilogy will hit Australian shores on Thursday 25th October for a special 700 invite only VIP screening at the Cremorne Orpheum and will debut in Europe during the Billabong Pro Mundaka on October 5th and 6th.
The DVD will be available for purchase at all leading surf retailers in time for Christmas. For a sneak peak at the project and epic behind the scenes images, visit www.trilogymovie.com