The Search for Freedom

Synopsis: THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in. This documentary is a visceral, visual experience told through the eyes some of the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking and more.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Jon Long
Production: Entertainment One
92 min


I watch my 16-month-old son,

and he's fearless,

and he wants to just walk out

into the shore break.

I mean, there's something

so interesting about that,

to watch him just stare at the ocean,

stare at waves coming in,

and watch them just crash on the shore,

and that's super entertaining.

So much of it is just, you know,

you put your feet in the water,

and you feel your toes sink

into the sand, and to feel that draw,

the pull of the tides

and the surge of the shore break...

You know, and you want to go out deeper.

You could live for three months

on 100 bucks.

We didn't think of it

as any kind of a culture.

We just thought of it as like,

"Aren't we lucky to be doing this?"

There was less than 15 chairlifts

in the world,

and I bought my first pair of skis

for two dollars.

We were kind of disenfranchised

from society.

I mean, we had totally different

lifestyles than our parents.

It was obvious

that this was going to go someplace,

but, man, we were like broke hippies.

We were kind of on the low rung

of the totem pole.

You were kind of an outlaw,

kind of an outcast.

And there was no future in that.

You're 100% focused on what

you're doing right now, this instant.

This instant is the most

important thing in all of your life.

The past is the past, and the future...

Well, who knows what's coming?

Somehow, every time you do it,

at whatever level,

I mean, whether it's your first day

or you've been doing it

your whole life...

It somehow manages to free you

from a lot of the things in life

that are going to try and sink you,

try and drag you down,

that are going to try and make you

unhappy or negative.

It somehow allows you

to leave all that behind

for maybe just a moment,

but sometimes that moment's enough.

It's a basic instinct of a human

being, his search for freedom.

And still the search for freedom

is within all of us.

Whether you're young or old,

male or female, it's the same thing.

It's that thrill of the first ride,

and once it gets under your skin,

you can never stop.

We would all be in prison. I think.

If you're kind of a misfit kid

and you want to rebel,

you need a place to do that

in a positive way.

Some guys grab skateboards and did it.

Other guys grabbed climbing ropes

and came up here.

My number-one goal

was to cover the Earth with bikes.

You know, it's going to happen.

This is going to happen.

There's no doubt.

It's just a matter of time.

To me, being in the wilderness

is what it's all about.

Wilderness is the battery

that recharges all of your energy.

Gives us life, gives us inspiration.

You're touching it. You're feeling it.

You're a part of the cliff.

You understand the power of this thing

that you're interacting with.

I think what motivated me

when I was young

and what motivates me now

are basically the same things.

That sense of glide,

and that sense of weightlessness.

There's a host of sports now

that didn't used to exist,

and they all have that same sensation

that is sort of core

to a lot of people's nature.

Adventure, to me,

is just getting out of your comfort zone

and going into the unknown.

That's where I feel every emotion

of life and feel the most alive.

Most sports are a form of art.

It's no different than an artist

having a big piece of canvas

and a paintbrush.

Having a skateboard and going out

in the city is a similar thing.

Skateboarding happens

to be one of those sports

that allows you to push pretty far

into a creative place.

Well, I just wanted to see what it felt

like to be fifth gear, pinned,

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