If you have grown up with stories of the freakish abilities of the great Michael Peterson, and wondered if the tales had grown somewhat taller in the retelling, you need to get this DVD.
Given the scarcity of quality footage of Peterson, who dominated Australian surfing in the '70s then vanished into a twilight world, younger surfers might be prone to think his peers have exaggerated the stories of his feats. Yet the proof is in the watching for those fortunate enough to clap eyes on Steve Core's classic but largely forgotten 1972 surf movie, In Natural Flow.
In Natural Flow captured the turn of an era, as the giants of the '60s disappeared into the Byron Bay hinterland or in search of enlightenment through yoga, eastern religion or drugs. Into the breach stepped a new generation of hyper-competitive youngsters hell-bent on taking over the surfing world.
Core was right in the thick of it and captured many of these budding young talents as they bloomed. As well as the great MP, there's Peter Townend, a very young Rabbit Bartholomew (briefly), Simon Anderson, Col Smith and many others, putting the evolving shortboards through their increasingly radical paces.