Head Noise: Avant Garde Meets Cinematic Surf Shred

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Mikey Mallalieu latest surf film, Head Noise, feels more like a grungy skatepark edit than classic surf flick. That’s probably due to the fact that Noa Deane is the leading star—his surfing has always been unmistakably avant-garde. Mallalieu embraced it by creating a piece that is an homage to the 23-year-old's unconventional style, but there's more to this film than massive airs or dreamy Hawaiian barrels. As of last week, Deane tragically lost his father, Wayne Deane, to stomach cancer. Wayne was both a huge influence to the Gold Coast and Deane's career, so, fittingly the film has also been dedicated to him.

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