For several years now, Young Gun Clay Marzo and his creative, unique style of surfing have led him to be an inspiration in the water. With Quiksilver set to release the new film ‘Clay Marzo: Just Add Water,’ the inspiration he exudes is about to reach a whole new level.
While the film is set to once again portray the unimaginable surfing skills (that have led 3x world champion Andy Irons to refer to Clay as “hands down, the best 19 year-old surfer in the world,”) it will go beyond surfing and tell the story of the challenges he faces on land as a result of being recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
I’m not sure if I ‘ve ever looked forward to viewing a surf movie in the way that I am looking forward to seeing Just Add Water. It has been clear for a while now that Marzo, from Maui, is truly a special surfer. Winning three NSSA National surfing title, having Kelly Slater compliment him by saying “he knows things I don’t know about surfing,” and just unleashing on waves in a manner like no one before is evidence of that. Accomplishing all of this while dealing with an undiagnosed disease, however, is beyond special. “When I first met Clay I noticed that his personality and demeanor completely transformed in the ocean – he literally came alive in the water,” said the film’s director, Jamie Tierney. “It was also clear that Clay was quite misunderstood in the surf world, and the mission of the film was to show the side that only those closest to him could see.”
The tour for ‘Clay Marzo: Just Add Water,’ begins this Saturday in Florida. Check out the dates and locations and make an effort to be there for this sure to be epic film if possible. If you can’t attend any of the showings, the film will be released in stores this October. A portion of the proceeds from this film will be given to Surfers Healing, a foundation for Autism that seeks to enrich the lives of children with autism and the lives of their families by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.
“This movie will inspire people to live in the moment and to always take the time to look a little deeper. People are amazing and you never know what is behind their eyes,” – Strider Wasilewski (Quiksilver Surf Team Manager)
CLAY MARZO: JUST ADD WATER EAST COAST TOUR
Fort Lauderdale, FL — August 9, 2008 — Cinema Paradiso
Wrightsville Beach, NC — August 11, 2008 — Wrightsville Beach Park
Ortley Beach, NJ — August 13, 2008 — Surf Club
Marmora, NJ — August 15, 2008 — Yesterdays
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Posted by Shaun on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 in Surfing.