Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing is NOW AVAILABLE for download via iTunes! Download the full film now!

Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing is NOW AVAILABLE for download via iTunes! Download the full film now!

Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing provides an intimate portrait of the mentality, risks, and lifestyle associated with pursuing monstrous waves around the planet through the eyes of the world’s most decorated big wave surfer, Greg Long. The film’s title, Sine Qua Non, is a Latin phrase, which, roughly translated, means, “Without which, [there is] nothing.” Greg Long presents the viewer with a first-hand account of the life-threatening pursuit of big waves as well a look at the horrific wipeouts involved, including one that nearly ended his life. Going deeper, Long admits his pursuit could be viewed as selfish, especially when surrounded by a very close-knit family that is concerned first and foremost about his safety.

Behind the Scenes: Check out more information and behind the scenes imagery from the making of Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long here.

Special thanks: to the Long Family for their unthinkable generosity and openness, as well as Jason Murray, Todd Glaser, Bill Sharp and the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, Gary Linden, Al Mackinnon, Kirk  Presley, Curt Myers and Powerlines, and Chris Dixon, Astra Heights, and Good Morning Orbit for the amazing imagery, video, and music footage used in this film. As well as to Gallo, Matt Johnston, and Director Richard Yelland, who also directed 12 Miles North, for the passion, long hours, and even longer conversations. And thanks to Chasing Mavericks for supporting this film.

  • Brian

    Wow, brilliantly done. Without which, nothing!

  • Brian

    Wow, brilliantly done. Without which, nothing!

  • Brian

    Wow, brilliantly done. Without which, nothing!

  • Brian

    Wow, brilliantly done. Without which, nothing!

  • Brian

    Wow, brilliantly done. Without which, nothing!

  • Brian

    Wow, brilliantly done. Without which, nothing!

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • NateG

    Phenomenal Richard! I felt so connected. A winner as always.

  • Del

    This film really reveals Long’s character…a standup guy and an ambassador for surfing. It’s hard to compare, but I see shades of Slater in this fella.

  • Del

    This film really reveals Long’s character…a standup guy and an ambassador for surfing. It’s hard to compare, but I see shades of Slater in this fella.

    • Surfdog

      And Peter Mel

    • Surfdog

      And Peter Mel

  • WebSurfer

    Inspiring story. Great video quality. I wouldn’t make the choices Greg has made, but have nothing but respect for his commitment to live his own life to its fullest. Greg’s star shines brightly. Fiat lux!

  • WebSurfer

    Inspiring story. Great video quality. I wouldn’t make the choices Greg has made, but have nothing but respect for his commitment to live his own life to its fullest. Greg’s star shines brightly. Fiat lux!

  • WebSurfer

    Inspiring story. Great video quality. I wouldn’t make the choices Greg has made, but have nothing but respect for his commitment to live his own life to its fullest. Greg’s star shines brightly. Fiat lux!

  • WebSurfer

    Inspiring story. Great video quality. I wouldn’t make the choices Greg has made, but have nothing but respect for his commitment to live his own life to its fullest. Greg’s star shines brightly. Fiat lux!

  • Nick

    So I’ve probably watched this maybe 5x since it went online, and every time, I take away something a little different. There’s Greg’s personal pursuit of greatness. There’s the fact that pursuing big waves might be selfish, but ultimately it’s what makes him….him. And to not do it would be squandering his time here on earth. There’s the idea that death is not to be feared. There’s the idea that surfing is a great metaphor for life – not groundbreaking, bu Steve Long put it so eloquently. There’s the idea that when you’re risking your life in the pursuit of that which you love most, you’re fully alive. So much to think about. I really love this doc. Kudos.

  • Nick

    So I’ve probably watched this maybe 5x since it went online, and every time, I take away something a little different. There’s Greg’s personal pursuit of greatness. There’s the fact that pursuing big waves might be selfish, but ultimately it’s what makes him….him. And to not do it would be squandering his time here on earth. There’s the idea that death is not to be feared. There’s the idea that surfing is a great metaphor for life – not groundbreaking, bu Steve Long put it so eloquently. There’s the idea that when you’re risking your life in the pursuit of that which you love most, you’re fully alive. So much to think about. I really love this doc. Kudos.

  • Lucky

    Come on Bro! Add CAPTIONS to this please, so those of us who cannot hear can enjoy it, too!~ The visuals are awesome, but the STORY is important, too!

  • Lucky

    Come on Bro! Add CAPTIONS to this please, so those of us who cannot hear can enjoy it, too!~ The visuals are awesome, but the STORY is important, too!

  • Lucky

    Come on Bro! Add CAPTIONS to this please, so those of us who cannot hear can enjoy it, too!~ The visuals are awesome, but the STORY is important, too!

    • deafsurfersisrael

      I agree.we deaf surfers want to learn much about anything regarding surf culture!!

    • deafsurfersisrael

      I agree.we deaf surfers want to learn much about anything regarding surf culture!!

    • deafsurfersisrael

      I agree.we deaf surfers want to learn much about anything regarding surf culture!!

    • deafsurfersisrael

      I agree.we deaf surfers want to learn much about anything regarding surf culture!!

    • deafsurfersisrael

      I agree.we deaf surfers want to learn much about anything regarding surf culture!!

  • Surfgrass

    Hi, how can i download this movie? The link doesn’t seem to work. Thanks for posting this.

  • Surfgrass

    Hi, how can i download this movie? The link doesn’t seem to work. Thanks for posting this.

  • Surfgrass

    Hi, how can i download this movie? The link doesn’t seem to work. Thanks for posting this.

  • Surfgrass

    Hi, how can i download this movie? The link doesn’t seem to work. Thanks for posting this.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for bringing it to our attention! Working on a fix now. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available again!

  • Surfgrass

    Hi, how can i download this movie? The link doesn’t seem to work. Thanks for posting this.

  • Surfgrass

    Hi, how can i download this movie? The link doesn’t seem to work. Thanks for posting this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.stracey Danny Stracey

    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.stracey Danny Stracey

    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.stracey Danny Stracey

    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you!

  • James

    Now THAT was inspiring! Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  • James

    Now THAT was inspiring! Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  • James

    Now THAT was inspiring! Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  • James

    Now THAT was inspiring! Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  • James

    Now THAT was inspiring! Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  • http://www.kfinn.com kfinn

    Totally awesome. Great job Zach.

  • Allen

    This might be the most interesting surf-centric film I’ve ever seen. Greg is just a straight-up impressive person, and you can sense how much thought went into the making of this. I’m inspired. What an awesome family. Bravo!

  • Allen

    This might be the most interesting surf-centric film I’ve ever seen. Greg is just a straight-up impressive person, and you can sense how much thought went into the making of this. I’m inspired. What an awesome family. Bravo!

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • John Maher

    The best big wave documentary I’ve ever seen. Professional, powerful, inspirational.

  • Mauricio

    From Chile, how can i watch the film it needs a password to stream it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Weston-Call/763625526 Weston Call

    I would love to watch Greg in action, how can I get the password to watch the video? westoncall@gmail.com

    Cheers

  • Morgan

    I would love to watch this but for some reason it says i need a password. Please help

  • http://profiles.google.com/muuc.boats Jarrod Smith

    How do I buy this film?

  • Jimbo

    How do we view the video? It would be lovely to be able to watch it, and support!
    jimmyojimbo@me.com