Uncharted Waters: The Personal History of Wayne Lynch

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“He’s that one rogue element that’s never been turned into a dancing bear.”

Director: Craig Griffin
Year: 2013
Country: Australia
Running time: 85 mins

Producer/Screenplay: Craig Griffin
Photography: Clare Plueckhahn
Editor: Sara Edwards
Sound: Nick Batterham
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With: Wayne Lynch

Uncharted Waters provides a revealing portrait of genius surfer Wayne Lynch, a man with more than a touch of Australian outlaw attitude – and no great enthusiasm for being revealed. Born into a fishing family, Lynch grew up in and around the ocean near Lorne on the southern Victorian coast. Recognised as a prodigy while still a teenager, he featured in countless surfing movies from an early age. His extraordinary, loose-limbed agility in these youthful films will take your breath away, no matter how often you may have replayed them before. Self-taught and inventive, Lynch was at the vanguard of change: the so-called shortboard revolution. But his initial season in the sun came to an abrupt halt: required, at age 19, to register for National Service and a possible stint fighting in the Vietnam War, he became a conscientious objector and spent three years hiding out. As averse to wearing a logo as a uniform, he remains the embodiment of a wilderness sub-culture forged in the 60s, standing in stark contrast to the corporatised recreational culture of today.