An Interview to Remember with Josh Pomer

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Think back to Hurricane Marie and the best day of surf ever, August 27th, 2014. We knew it was a swell for the ages. But what would become of it? Would anyone document the greatest swell in the history of what seems like forever? Of course they would. And they have. They did. Movie maker Josh Pomer did. Josh, who is most well-known for his "The Kill" movies from the 1990s, and recent documentaries like "The Westsiders" and "Discovering Mavericks" took liberty with Marie by gathering footage from several filmers all over the southland to put together what might be the most memorable footage ever from one of the best days ever. Ghetto Juice asks questions…

Ghetto Juice: So you've put together a movie about Hurricane Marie … talk about how that all came about…
Josh Pomer: Oh wow, yeah … Hurricane Marie. It was just such an exciting day. I've been drawn to the ocean since I was a little kid. I remember the first time I saw the ocean, it was just so mysterious. There's something that attracts you to it. And when this swell came, I knew it was going to be the biggest swell in 10 years or something. I was drawn toward the ocean and knew I wanted to be next to it, and photograph it and film it and help unravel the mystery of the sea.

Ghetto Juice: Where were you on that fateful day of Wednesday, August 27th?
Josh Pomer: I shot the Wedge that day, and I started hearing all the stories, like Sandspit was amazing, and Newport Point was insaaaannne, and I was getting those tingling feelings, of wishing I could've been at all those spots. Malibu was good, Laird was there … so I wanted to do a documentary about this one day. I wanted to interview the filmers and photographers who were at each of these different spots. I spent the day with Dan Merkel who's been shooting 40 years and he can get grumpy, and he was saying, "I should've been here, I should've been there!!" and it reminded me as surfers, and as photographers, we always want to be at the best wave at the best time, and so this documents the best south swell.

Ghetto Juice: What kind of perspectives did you get from other photogs?
Josh Pomer: I interviewed surf forecasters, filmers, all the photographers, and it's a really rad time capsule. I hope people watch this film whenever they get nostalgic about Hurricane Marie or just that epic swell of '69. And I just really wanted to do something. It's fun to tell a story about one day, because that one day, if you missed it, you really missed it.


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Think back to Hurricane Marie and the best day of surf ever, August 27th, 2014. We knew it was a swell for the ages. But what would become of it? Would anyone document the greatest swell in the history of what seems like forever? Of course they would. And they have. They did. Movie maker Josh Pomer did. Josh, who is most well-known for his "The Kill" movies from the 1990s, and recent documentaries like "The Westsiders" and "Discovering Mavericks" took liberty with Marie by gathering footage from several filmers all over the southland to put together what might be the most memorable footage ever from one of the best days ever. Ghetto Juice asks questions…

Ghetto Juice: So you've put together a movie about Hurricane Marie … talk about how that all came about…
Josh Pomer: Oh wow, yeah … Hurricane Marie. It was just such an exciting day. I've been drawn to the ocean since I was a little kid. I remember the first time I saw the ocean, it was just so mysterious. There's something that attracts you to it. And when this swell came, I knew it was going to be the biggest swell in 10 years or something. I was drawn toward the ocean and knew I wanted to be next to it, and photograph it and film it and help unravel the mystery of the sea.

Ghetto Juice: Where were you on that fateful day of Wednesday, August 27th?
Josh Pomer: I shot the Wedge that day, and I started hearing all the stories, like Sandspit was amazing, and Newport Point was insaaaannne, and I was getting those tingling feelings, of wishing I could've been at all those spots. Malibu was good, Laird was there … so I wanted to do a documentary about this one day. I wanted to interview the filmers and photographers who were at each of these different spots. I spent the day with Dan Merkel who's been shooting 40 years and he can get grumpy, and he was saying, "I should've been here, I should've been there!!" and it reminded me as surfers, and as photographers, we always want to be at the best wave at the best time, and so this documents the best south swell.

Ghetto Juice: What kind of perspectives did you get from other photogs?
Josh Pomer: I interviewed surf forecasters, filmers, all the photographers, and it's a really rad time capsule. I hope people watch this film whenever they get nostalgic about Hurricane Marie or just that epic swell of '69. And I just really wanted to do something. It's fun to tell a story about one day, because that one day, if you missed it, you really missed it.

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