FRIO makes us proud to be Canadian

Cover Photo by: Bryan Wilkat

It was with anxiety and excitement that I was walking over to Cinema du Parc for the premiere of FRIO. The simple idea to have the premiere in Montreal was quite amazing to think about, a proof that the surf culture and the interest that it was seeking from people was really in the city. Crazy to think that between skyscrapers, you would find a bunch of people addicted to the idea of surfing, and especially, interested in the journey of two Nicaraguans flying to Vancouver, BC, for a cold water experience.

We’ll be honest and say the sad truth - Canadian doesn’t offer us the chance to get a real good surf film often. I mean, how could they? We aren’t that many surfers out there, especially dedicated to the sport of surfing. Producing a good surf film is hard, require a lot of money, time, and more importantly, passion. The latest we’ve seen before FRIO jumped into her life was Common Ground, a 17-minute film exploring Canadian’s cold water locations, filmed and edited by Adam Chilton. Before that? Uncharted, by Adam Chilton too. Even though we never get tired of his films, either of his style, it’s good to have something fresh. Something from someone new, which is the case of Sequence Films.

Not entirely new, but still something we haven’t seen yet, something that brings us on a journey. Yes, we’re going surfing. Yes, it is freezing cold. But, the film wouldn’t be the same if there wasn't the whole story behind it. 

Kevin Cortez by Bryan Wilkat

Kevin Cortez by Bryan Wilkat

I looked around and saw strangers around me. People that fitted in the mould of surfing, and other that didn’t necessarily, including me. Two representations, both sold out (or almost), it was a hectic time for the boys for sure, but it was a good sign. People dig the idea that two surfers from Nicaragua can finally exchange place with us. Instead of going to explore their endless beaches, it was their time to come into our home to understand our life: numb feet, brain freeze, driving around in chase of swells.

I won’t tell you the movie, as it would be quite annoying if you haven’t seen it yet. The Vancouver premiere was yesterday at Shaper Studios, then we have tomorrow, the premiere in Ucluelet, the city where the boys spent most of their time surfing around. Then, on October 6th, Quebec city will have its premiere as well. So, I won’t be the bad girl saying all the punches. 

I will just say that, I’ve been astonished. Watching the adventure of these two kids, being stoked for experiencing something we often take for granted was mesmerizing. We could easily feel their joy, and it fulfilled our heart. It made us feel proud to be Canadian, especially with all these beautiful sceneries around us. What could I say about their surfing as well? Jackson Obando and Kevin Cortez have skills most people take forever to develop, has the chance to get known out of their country and has a good future ahead of them. They adapted themselves really quickly to the cold water, which is impressive for people that has been born and raised in warm water.  It’s easy to get attached to them - they're friendly, they’re talented, they’re stoked. They’re the whole essence behind surfing, even when waves are hard to catch or unseen for days. 

Go watch FRIO.

Then, remember the chance you have to be in the water. Remember the chance you have to be Canadian, cause seriously, we have tons of talented people in our country. And, if you really want happiness, move to the West Coast, cause if you weren’t convinced yet, wait after you watch FRIO. You will fall in love all over again with Vancouver Islands. 

Jackson Obando by @truexnorth aka A.Quinton

Jackson Obando by @truexnorth aka A.Quinton