For years there have been rumors running around about how the surf industry had squashed releasing Sea of Darkness, Michael Oblowitz’s documentary on the founding of G-Land—the story of Mike Boyum, and the radical drug smuggling culture that more or less built the surf industry, and perpetuated countless discovery missions throughout Indonesia in the ’70s and ’80s, and launched the career of Captain Martin Daly of the famous Indies Trader.
Sea of Darkness won awards at pretty much every festival it was submitted, earned a Surfer Poll Best Documentary, and then swiftly vanished from public view, early screeners left to circulate on the parking lot black market. Many thought major players in the surf industry—some of the major brand’s founders and CEOs, who were involved in the film’s narrative to varying degrees of incrimination—had shut the film down, bought up the whole project and buried it.
Get a job. Go to work. Take on debt.
Afford a wife. Raise kids. Buy a house.
Divorce twice. Be a dick on Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram. Post selfies. Act
like assholes. Make more money. Buy
more crap. Pay your loans. Pay the bills.
Consume. Fuck the planet. Live under
Google’s eye. Listen to the news. Watch
TV. Stay at home. Don’t wear a mask.
Wear a mask. Go to the polls. Pay the
fine. Walk this way. Pay more taxes.
Obey the law.
Now repeat after me: I AM FREE
and bleat louder
These neurotic symptoms are strikingly similar to an increasingly common way of life in Western society. Our ever-expanding populations with their accompanying advertising, mass entertainment, socializing, industrialization, and emphasis upon success, sensuality, and popularity have produced an environment in which we are forever bombarded with an increasing number of sensory and emotional stimuli. The opportunities for solitude and introspection have diminished to the point that now solitude is often viewed as either depressing or abnormal. This is not to assert that the majority of our citizens are involved in a frantic endeavor to escape from their inner selves. Such is no doubt the case with many, but there still remains a sizeable percentage of people who are involved in the same frenzy only because they have conformed to the social norm and have been lured into a habitual fascination for television, jazz, sports, and the countless other forms of readily-available entertainment. Such persons are not necessarily precluded from relative happiness and emotional well-being. – Douglas Burns ~1970
– Laos 2010 –