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This Is Not Your Typical Surf Edit

Alex Smith x African points through the lens of commercial film. 

cinema // Jan 29, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Warning: this surf clip is not like the rest. 

It’s short and dramatic. The cinematography is stunning and its editing intricate. There’s not a single completed ride.  

Nomád Africa is the creation of Alex Smith and filmmaker Benoit Lalande, who wanted to show the mother continent through a novel lens. When asked what the inspiration behind this film was, Benoit responded:

“I would say I’m always really inspired by the bigger commercial directors who work for high-end fashion companies. Their work is always so unique and outside the box, and Alex loves that style as well so I can get as crazy as I want whenever I work with him.

“The surf films we see every day are pretty repetitive in my opinion, and I love being able to go completely against the grain with these Nomád videos. That’s basically our direction for this series: do whatever people haven’t done in this industry. I’m sure not showing full waves and using super intense music is a turn off to many people, but we’re just trying to do something different, regardless of criticism.”

Do whatever people haven’t done in this industry… yeah, we can get behind that. 

Love it or hate it, this surf clip will make you feel something. 


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