1. The Windsurfing Movie II is much, much better than The Windsurfing Movie.
2. It is not more of the first movie. It is different.
That may be all you need to know. Here’s more anyway:
Like the first film, “II” features absolutely spectacular footage of brilliant windsurfing in extraordinary conditions. Filmmakers Johnny DeCesare and Jace Panebianco have actually improved their skills at capturing the beauty and kinetic energy of windsurfing as practiced by the masters. But unlike the first film, “II” has some meaningful story lines that hold it all together more elegantly than the Interview/Rad footage/Interview/Rad footage motif of the first movie.
Did I just say “motif”? Slap me.
Maybe this is what I should say: I watched the first film twice, but haven’t taken out the DVD since. I’ve watched the new one twice, and I think I’m going to watch it again this weekend. And many times more. I’m still trying to wrap my head around some of the wavesailing!
I have no interest in full disclosure (secrets are cool) but I’ll remind the regular reader and tell the irregular that one of the filmmakers (Jace Panebiano) is a friend, and was part of the original Peconic Puffin community way back in 1993. I asked Jace for a quote for this piece, and he waxed Peconic:
“The community of windsurfing is really tight, I feel like I've got friends all over the world because of windsurfing. But it all started in the Peconic Bay.
I went home a month ago and took the boat to Homes' Hill, ran up the sand dune and looked out over the Peconic; to my house, then to New Suffolk, then way out past Jessups'. It really made me homesick in that moment, being away from it so much of the time. Then I just thought back to being a kid; how cool was it for a 14 year old kid to be able to visit friends by windsurfing to their house. Those friends, the OG Puffins, a fun loving, creative bunch really influenced some of myformative years. I've been really lucky that the people closest to me always reinforced the idea that you could choose your own path. “
Another time we’ll have to get more from Jace on his windsurfing to the Puffin House…he once arrived by board unannounced at midnight! But enough about Jace Panebianco…this is a review of The Windsurfing Movie II”:
It’s outstanding. Better even than you think it’s going to be. See genuinely wonderful windsurfing by featured riders Levi Siver, Kai Lenny, Mark Angulo, Robby Naish, Jason Polakow, Baptiste Gossein and others I forget.