Have you ever seen a picture of a wave and instantly fallen in love with it? Have you ever been driven to hunt down a wave simply by seeing a static shot of the breaking wave frozen in time? That is exactly what happened to Oli Adams and lead him on a magical and exciting journey to track down a wave he had only seen a picture of, a wave he knew nothing about, had no idea of it’s location or if it was a wave that was rideable or broke regularly. This intrigue lead Oli on a truly remarkable 8 year adventure – The Hunt For Hipmasama.
The Hunt For Hipmasama is a film that follows Oli on his quest to track down the remote slab break he had such an affinity with and is a short film that won Oli Best British Film at the 2014 London Surf Film Festival. The wave itself is located on a remote Scottish Island and was first discovered by an Islander known as Andy (AKA Hipmasama), who is the only surfer in a community of only 50 people.
I’m not going to reveal the plot line or the journey undertaken by Oli, but what follows in the video below is a truly riveting and mesmerising story, that opens with Oli clutching a crumpled and well worn picture of the slab break in question. A glimpse into life on the remote island that is often wracked by fierce storms, an island with one pub that also doubles as the post office, endless perfect surf set ups where you are often closer to sheep, cows and seals than other living human beings! Check out Oli’s near hysterical ramblings at 21 minutes!
The Hunt For Hipmasama is a true masterpiece of filming, editing and music choice and if there is one film you make time to sit down and watch this year, this has to be the one. Make sure you clear yourself half hour to check the film out, which is free and available on Vimeo. In fact, do what you have to do to watch The Hipmasama, bunk off work or school or watch in 5 minutes segments, hide away in the loft – you will not be disappointed.
The Hunt For Hipmasama is that good, I would be happy to see it as a feature length movie and read the book, Oli Adams has achieved what many of us will only ever dream of doing and what a story he has to tell the grandchildren in his twilight years. Enjoy the film below and let us know if you have ever hunted down a mystical wave and could you sacrifice your life to live on an island with so much surf potential?