When Dustin Humphrey brought a hair-brained scheme to surfers and bike enthusiasts Harrison Roach and Zye Norris, there were two things that they couldn’t comprehend: first, the good fortune that had graced them with such a life-changing opportunity and second, the sheer magnitude of the vast odyssey they were about to undertake.
What began as a trip to a collection of surf breaks off the beaten track turned into a journey of exploration, companionship and 4,000km of two-wheeled, single-finned escape from the the real-world burdens of modern life.
Like a modern-day Heart of Darkness, the duo escape the real world, the bills, the jobs and the whirlwinds of society, to take fate by the hand and throw caution to the wind.
Exploring the ashen slopes of ancient volcanoes by motorbike, the pair join with Forrest Minchinton and Agi Agassi; venturing into the ocean, they unite with friends old and new, including Matt Cuddihy, Lewie Dunn and Husni Ridhwan and, while often exploring the Indonesian terrain alone, they are never far from the camaraderie of strangers.
Harrison and Zye pack their bags, a diverse quiver of boards, two bikes and a 50-dollar tent into a 1970s Land Rover on an epic quest from the southern reaches of Bali, connecting with friends on their way through the Indonesian archipelago to Northern Sumatra’s Lagundri Bay. On boards and bikes, by boat and four-wheel drive, their mission: to discover whether, in these days of GPS and WiFi, the dream of a true, pioneering surf adventure is still alive.
With the exotic and captivating backdrop of Indonesia as their canvas, the life-long friends find new meaning to life, breaking down the barriers and constraints imposed by society, setting their own rules and redefining what is possible, if only we take that first leap of faith.
South to Sian stands alone. It’s not a surf movie, it isn’t a bike film and it isn’t a travel documentary. It is all of these and more – the sum of the parts far greater than the whole – infused with philosophical reflections and profound dialogue, written and narrated by Harrison Roach, and affording the viewer a greater insight; not just into the journey, the locations and the adventures experienced along the way, but into the human psychology, the cages we build for ourselves and a reconnection to life’s true potential.