Renowned surf photographer and filmmaker Patrick Trefz explores the essence of the sport he loves by profiling those who inspire him. From Basque Country to Silicon Valley, these unique individuals are united by a deep connection to the sea.
Featuring Thomas Meyerhoffer and his iconic surfboards together with a cast of individuals from the Basque Coast including Kepa Acero and oar and surfboard shaper Patxi Oliden. Avant-garde curator Richard Kenvin, 3 time Mavericks big wave champ Darryl 'Flea' Virostko's and Shawn 'Barney' Barron.
The world premiere of Surfers Blood was at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. US premier was in Santa Cruz, California at the Rio Theater. Watch the movie on Red Bull TV now
"Like with my other films, Thread and Idiosyncrasies, I wanted to find new ways to portray different passions for the sea, and different appreciations for the sport and the art of surfing," says Director Patrick Trefz about Surfers' Blood, the documentary based on his 2012 monograph of the same name. The film, which explores the lives of individuals who are invariably connected by their relationships to the ocean and their surfcraft.
"For me, the film began as a personal interest," he continues. "I see my work as an anthropologist would. Here are these interesting profiles, from figures of different eras and places - from the most preserved villages of the Basque region, to the technological heart of San Francisco, to Santa Cruz - where you have this lineage and this passion for the sea. Let’s see how we can find what makes them different. Let's find what they share."
"Depending on how you see it, what Thomas Meyerhoffer does is contrary to Patxi's machinery mindset that approaches every task by hand," says Trefz. "All of the boards that Meyerhoffer shapes are by machines, but his shapes float and they ride well. Even Josh Mulcoy couldn't believe it when he tested them out. Meyerhoffer didn’t lay his tools on it, so to speak, but he does lay his hands on it in his own way, through the computer. Is it any less of a legitimate method to design surfcraft? That's for the audience to decide."
Thank You Patrick.