Mickey Smith's stunning film explores the dangerous depths of surfing
So that’s a wrap: edit over, music score locked down, finished film in our hands. Yes, our new surf documentary Powers of Three is finally here, bringing to an end six memorable months in the company of the film’s three protagonists, Tom Lowe, Fergal Smith and Mickey Smith.
"Some days were undeniably difficult, and others, as the film will testify, were dangerous."
Looking back, all those involved should feel at least a smidgen of pride. We certainly do. What started as a loose exploration of three Artists cutting their teeth on some brutal Irish breaks - spend some time out there, shoot some surf footage, head back - gradually evolved into something a little deeper. A story emerged, a group portrait of human camaraderie and togetherness cast against the stark beauty of Ireland’s jagged coast.
A surf film first and foremost, the action we shot in the water still proved as compelling as anything we could have wished for, but we suspect it will be this powerful convergence of man and nature, locked together through the long winter months, and as much out of the water as in it, that we’ll remember most vividly. Some days were undeniably difficult, and others, as the film will testify, were dangerous. At all times, though, it proved rewarding. We just hope you enjoy it too.
Check out our interview with the big wave surfers Twiggy and Greg and the bonus footage via the links below.
More information on Fergal Smith
- Starting out
I started out surfing with my brother Kevin and my dad Chris. We used to holiday on Achill Island and that's where I first learnt how to surf.
Relentless, Analog, GRAVIS, C Skins wetsuits, Future Fins, Skull Candy, Nixon, DiscoverIreland.ie/west, Bulldog, Sexwax, Roobie Roobes
- The road to success
I always knew from the beginning that surfing was what I wanted to do and I was going to do whatever it took to allow me to do that. It has been a long hard struggle to get where I am today but I have enjoyed every bit of it and it has been the struggle that has pushed me more than anything. Meeting like-minded people has also been a major part in my progression to where I am so far.
- Recent awards won
Carve Tube of the Year 2009 and Carve Surfer of the Year 2010.
- Career highlight to date
The first movie we made in West Oz - 'Revolution' - was the first big highlight that stands out.
- Quote that inspires me
Too many inspirational quotes to choose from!
- If I wasn't...
If I wasn't a surfer, I'd still be doing something outside. I would probably be into a lot more hiking and maybe rock climbing. I grew up doing all that kind of stuff and it has left a mark on me. I love being out in the wild so anything along those lines will always keep me smiling.