Castles In The Sky Hits San Diego

Mr. Taylor Steele. Photo: Blake Kueny

Mr. Taylor Steele. Photo: Blake Kueny

Castles in the Sky, Mr. Taylor Steele’s newest surf flick, had its San Diego premiere to a packed house last Wednesday May 19th at the iconic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. Second in the Sipping Jetstreams series, Castles did not disappoint. Trekking viewers across five continents and seeing over sixteen different surfers do their thing, it’s fair to say that this film is not going to be cast into the common mold that defines so many a movies these days.

Focusing on scenery, culture, and native people in lieu of wave quality, Castles allowed the viewer to slide in there with the crew as part of the journey and physical experience. Yes, at times I will admit that the action was nowhere near that of the hi-fi shredability you’ll find in a Modern Collective, but what’s lacking in alley oops is surely made up for in personality and beautiful scenery. Say what you will about Taylor and his films, but Castles in the Sky will be atop Taylor’s classics list for a long time to come.

4 out of 5 shakas–Although the crew was star studded there were no breakout moves or anything that will make you hit the rewind button until it stops working. Very similar to Sipping Jetstreams, although there wasn’t really any session that came close to Kelly at Soup Bowls. Watch this movie because you love to travel and soak in what the world has to offer while finding new things (waves) and meeting new people. Don’t watch this movie to psych up for a session or learn how to land air-reverses.—Carl Steindler

For more on Castles In The Sky, check out a q-n-a with director Taylor Steele.

One of the most iconic theaters for surf movie premieres, La Paloma in Encinitas. Photo: Blake Kueny

One of the most iconic theaters for surf movie premieres, La Paloma in Encinitas. Photo: Blake Kueny

Local boy Ryan Burch loves him some Paloma popcorn—wonder if he pulled the old popcorn trick on a girl? Photo: Blake Kueny

Local boy Ryan Burch loves him some Paloma popcorn—wonder if he pulled the old popcorn trick? Photo: Blake Kueny

The Drifter himself, Mr. Rob Machado. Photo: Steindler

The Drifter himself, Mr. Rob Machado. Photo: Steindler

Zack Keenan checking things out. Photo: Steindler

Zach Keenan checking things out. Photo: Steindler

Rob Machado and Taylor Steele doing some q-n-a after the show. Photo: Steindler

Rob Machado and Taylor Steele doing some q-n-a after the show. Photo: Steindler

Even Fox 5 News showed up for the permiere. Photo: Blake Kueny

Even Fox 5 News showed up for the permiere. Photo: Blake Kueny

Taylor. Photo: Steindler

Taylor. Photo: Steindler