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This isn't your average surf flick. New England might as well be Siberia in the minds of the majority of the surfing populus. But there is a small, dedicated and ever growing core group of people that patiently wait for the waves, no matter the season. Ishmael captures the the essence of the maritime vibe of New England through these 10 individuals, and explores their ties to this particular trackless piece of ocean.

Filmed in the winter of 2002-2003, one of the coldest winters in decades, the images of watermen and women trudging through the snow are accompanied by an eerily Melville-ian soundtrack, creating a truly Northeastern atmosphere for the film.