Chasing giant swells is every surfer’s dream, that can sometimes turn into a nightmare. Benjamin Sanchis and Shane Dorian star in Vague à l'âme, giving you an underground look into the blood, sweat and fear that goes into big wave conquest.
The film traces the history of the Billabong Adventure Division in Europe through the lens of director Vincent Kardasik. It tells the full story of what it takes to ride and capture the heaviest waves on the planet.
“My goal was to show what was happening behind the scenes of those trips,” says the notorious director,“why were these guys traveling the world to surf? Was it for passion, money, awards or ego? I want Vague à l’Ame to reflect that reality. It’s not a surf flick, but rather a way to capture both the incredible waves and the raw emotions on those adventures."
The film follows Dorian, along with unsung maniacs like Benjamin Sanchis and Justin Becret surfing some of
the wildest swells in recent memory at deadly spots like Nazaré, Jaws and Mullaghmore. Shot in cinematic
4K, Vague à l’Ame gives unparalleled insight into the dramatic world of elite, big wave surfing.
“The Irish leg of filming Vague à l’Ame is easily one of the best surf trips of my life,” says Shane Dorian
about the adventure. “For the waves, for the people, for the country itself. It was magical.”
“We started and ended the film at Nazaré, Portugal,” continues Benjamin Sanchis. “It shows the biggest beating of my life and a near death experience, then the last session where I caught one of the heaviest waves I've ever ridden and was totally safe. That kind of sums the movie up really. The highs and lows, the camaraderie between surfers and the hard lessons learned alone.”
The Adventure Division team will premiere the film in Hossegor in Spring 2018 before embarking on a European Tour. Stay tuned for the release dates and screenings for what is a groundbreaking and honest look into big-wave surfing.