Hurley and Warner Bros. Records are teaming up to release the much-anticipated autobiographical surf movie about Rob Machado, The Drifter. The film will have a limited theatrical release and will also be available on DVD. The Drifter is directed by Poor Specimen’s Taylor Steele. Word on the street is that The Drifter was shot entirely in high-definition.
Rob Machado and Taylor Steele spent over six months in Indonesia collecting footage for the film. As Indo is home to some of the world’s greatest waves, it is not far-flung to believe that the world’s most famous soul surfer had the surf trip of a lifetime. But the movie goes beyond that, The Drifter also documents Rob’s search for life’s deeper meaning. The surf trip ends up taking him on a soul-searching journey where he eventually finds himself in Indonesia’s outermost reaches with nothing but a surfboard, his journal and a tent. Machado’s conclusion after scoring more perfect waves than any surfer could ever wish for? There’s always a new dream to chase.
Much of the dialogue in The Drifter is taken from Rob’s own personal journals. According to respected surf journalist Nathan Myers, who co-wrote the movie, there is nothing embellished in Rob’s candid, heart-felt passages. It is these passages, in fact, that drive the movie, from Rob’s epiphany in Bali, to his ill-fated motorcycle purchase, to his decision to delay his return to California, blindly pick a new island on the map, and just go.
The Drifter surf movie is schedule to be released on November 17th. As mentioned at the top, Warner Bros. Records has signed on to supply the music for the film so The Drifter soundtrack should also be banging.
UPDATE – Check out the Rob Machado ESPN Interview
UPDATE – Check out the Rob Machado CNN Interview
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