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Watch: …Lost’s Two-Hour Magnum Opus “The Decline”

A surf movie long (and radical) enough to sink a six-pack. 

cinema // Mar 25, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Do we really need to convince you to watch …Lost’s The Decline (Of Surfing Civilization), for free, in its entirety, right now? (And yes Mike Reola and Matt Biolos’ 2001 two-hour-long magnum opus absolutely requires italics and proper caps.)

Have you seen it? No? Get fucked. 

Yes? Well, in the current existential holding period we’re all waiting through, supple on nostalgia’s full teet above. 

Here was …Lost’s take on the film’s impetus and ethos (sic): 

“In 1989 Christian Fletcher was seen on all the covers busting six foot airs. Twelve years later the magazines have regressed to putting fabricated idols on the cover doing nothing more than six inch chop hops all because of sponsor advertising dollars. In the meantime, Taylor “Almost Famous” Steele and his band of hollywood wannabees are basking in their self appointed glory, playing golf and dreaming up more staged video skits starring none other than themselves. Somehow they believe we actually care. Surfing isn’t only about world tour contests or going on photo trips with a bunch of guys who aren’t even your friends.

So while the so called surf industry is busy glorifying things only the pros do, were at least ATTEMPTING to get back to the real surf culture. It’s all about having a good time with your friends, surfing at home from 2′ chop to 10′ closeouts; going on road trips, enjoying the freedom of youth and extending that freedom for as many years as possible… (while the masses around us chase a preprogrammed homogenized version of the american dream). How long will the youth stumble blindly, “stoned” by a long since established “liberation” movement? We wont fall for that. No more having the covers pulled over our eyes.

The industry may call this The Decline, but we’re doing just fine.”

– …Lost 2001.




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