You don’t have to live in the big city to feel the oppression of life, stress, humanity, job, promises, expectations, and all that gooey mental tar paper, nor do you have to surf to feel the freedom of the slashing blade of motion. All you need is to know pressure and then release to relate to this short film about four New York-based professionals—a designer, a PhD candidate, a neuro-oncologist, and an artist—who find something important in the Atlantic’s winter waves.

Most surf films are deadly dull, and films where people talk about what they get out of sport are even worse, but not this one. Director Mikey DeTemple found four deeply empathetic subjects, who actually have something to say, and brought a lovely artist’s perspective to the city, the surf, and the sensibility of a need met.

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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.