A Fly in the Champagne – Surf Movie Review


A Fly in the Champagne

Irons Brothers Productions, Directed by Matt Beauchesne .
With support from Transworld Surf, Billabong, Quiksilver, and ESPN.

Length: 50 minutes

I’m sure you’ve all seen the hype around this movie, it’s been talked about in every magazine, message board, and blog. It’s obvious why, throwing Kelly Slater and Andy Irons together on a surf trip, who wouldn’t get hard over “a 10 day purging of feelings, dispelling of rumors, and burying the hatchet once and for all” between the two greatest competitive surfers to have ever lived.

Does the movie live up to the hype? It does for sure. I only had a couple minor issues with it. The background narration is a little corny, but the majority of the talking comes from Kelly and Andy, and there’s plenty of laughs and trash talk. They’re both kind of big dorks but you gotta love them for it.

The first half hour of the movie is done documentary style, following the rivaly throughout the years, including all the contest footage and interviews from friends and industry heavyweights. The end of the movie returns to your standard surf movie you can amp on, Kelly, Andy, and friends tearing apart perfect reef pass waves with some wrapping up of the interviews. It feels a little weird switching between these two formats, but both sections are well done.

Best surfing:

Yeah, what a silly question to ask. They’re both on top of their game this trip, they both surf insane.

Surfers on the trip: Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Martin Potter, Ross Williams, Shane Dorian.

Music: U.N.K.L.E., Hybrid, Air, Sea Wolf, Dusty Brown, Placebo, Rogue Wave, KI Theory, The Heartaches, Years Around the Sun, Sacha, Destroy the Runner, Sparta, Interpol, Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, Califone, People in Planes.

Rating: 5 Stars

Bottom line: Overall a great movie.

Where to buy: Support your local surf shop!
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3 June 2009 5,067 views 4 Comments Author: Stokes