The Newport Beach Film Festival hosted a screening of H2mexicO, which follows the journey of 7 male surfers and 1 female surfer who have all transitioned to becoming Stand Up Paddle superstars. One thing they all have in common is the love for our oceans and a strong advocacy to make the Stand Up Paddle sport a world phenomenon.
Director Brent Deal has teamed up with several of the same athletes from the making of this film’s predecessor titled, H2indO. This time, besides the new location, they also decided to include the beautiful Talia De Coite.
Watch the trailer for the film here:
The Surf Channel caught up with Talia before the film’s premiere and asked what it was like to work with an all male cast and crew, “They definitely pushed me to be better and even though at times I really had to work for getting the waves, they were also nice to let me go first too.”
I asked Big Wave World Tour competitor, Jamie Mitchell, how different the rush was on a SUP in comparison to surfing big monster waves: “I find Stand Up Paddle totally addicting mate. I also find it relaxing when I am just cruising, but I definitely love getting back to riding the big waves.”
You can find the film’s Creative Director, Chuck Patterson, charging Jaws while wearing a pair of snow skis in the film, and when asked why he decided to do it, he simply said, “It seemed fun and I wanted to try something different.” We also asked Chuck what he’d like to see in a future film project – “I’d like to get into some big waves and just go for more action footage somewhere like Fiji or Tahiti.” Jaime Mitchell immediately agreed with a ‘thumbs up’ about both the location and the big waves.
During the after party, Dave Boehne stated “I will soon start working on some Stand Up Paddle web series where I hope to include a lot of action.”
“I always enjoy spending time with my good friend Slater Trout, all the guys are cool, it was cool to hang with Talia as well but I would also have to say getting to know Danny Ching was cool, we even share the same birthdays.” Boehne added.
Despite his grueling travel schedule, Dave Kalama arrived at the film’s premiere early and shared, “I enjoyed myself quite a bit during the making of the film. I am stoked to know all these guys and get together with them for some fun out in the water.”