Bali on film: Perfect Wave, Local Style

Ever since the release of the Australian surf documentary Morning of the Earth in 1971, the waves of Uluwatu and Bali have been appearing on film for the world to see. From small docs that appear only on YouTube or at isolated film festivals to Hollywood hits like Eat Pray Love, this island paradise is making its mark on screens all over the planet.

Before you travel to Bali to catch the waves, do some yoga, visit incredible ancient temples or backpack through the jungle and mountains of the interior, take a look at these video clips to whet your appetite.

Case in point: Local Style, an “eco surf travel series” by the Surf Channel Television Network, has this to say about the Bukit in an article for the Huffington Post:

Indeed Bali’s Bukit Peninsula is nothing short of a surfer’s paradise, and the best way to get to know it is through the eyes of the locals.

But don’t think that you have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Bukit. With such a fair climate and every activity from golfing to massages, Bukit is as equally enjoyable for the leisure seeker as it is for the thrill seeker.

Check out Local Style’s first segment on surfing Uluwatu with environmentally conscious surfer Mike Rodger as your host.

Also check out the Local Style YouTube channel here.

Next up is a full feature biography/adventure film called The Perfect Wave, starring Clint Eastwood’s son and one of the original Charlie’s Angels, Cheryl Ladd. It’s based on the true events of Ian McCormack (played by Scott Eastwood), a surfer from New Zealand who travelled the world in search of the perfect wave, fell in love, got stung by a bunch of box jellyfish while surfing in Mauritius, “died” and came back to life. The experience transformed McCormack, who was apparently an atheist, into a born again Christian. It features footage of surf scenes in Bali, Mauritius, South Africa and Australia. Perhaps surfers and Christians alike will both find things to enjoy in this film. Perhaps not. Check the trailer below.

In other Bali surf film news, the 7th edition of the Ombak Bali international surf film festival just wrapped, but you can find out more on the festival’s homepage and by reading this article in Wake Wind & Surf.

Lead image credit: Uluwatu wave. Pic: SukkhaP (Flickr CC)

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