‘Momentum’: How punk rock movie changed surfing for ever

(CNN)His upstart surf movie and its punk rock soundtrack crashed through the sport like a barrelling wave and changed the game forever. For the surfers, appearing on Steele’s camera was a rite of passage, a reputational boost arguably greater than professional competition results. It also heralded the arrival of Kelly Slater, perhaps surfing’s most famous name. “Being in the film pushed you,” says the Florida-born Slater, who won an unprecedented 11 world titles, starting the same year “Momentum” was released. “I think the whole filming process definitely made me a better surfer. “In some ways it was more important than the contests that we were doing. It was like a real badge of honour to be in the film.” READ: …