There aren’t too many surfers who can do it like Torren Martyn. None, actually. Some are similar, but Torren Martyn is one of the few surfers on Earth who other surfers emulate. Oh, he’s got influences, for sure, just like anyone else, but what makes the difference is that Martyn takes his influences, takes his own preferences, and puts them together to make something unique. Put that together with the filmmaking talents of Martyn’s good friend Ishka Folkwell and you’ve got something magical. And Lost Track Atlantic is magic.
Martyn and Folkwell are in the middle of releasing a four-part series called Lost Track Atlantic. The first in the series was released back at the end of April, and since then, I, along with many others, I assume, have been eagerly awaiting the second installment. The premise of the film is a simple one, and it’s one that has been done ad nauseam. But the way that Martyn and Folkwell do it feels new. It’s just a road trip film, after all, and we’ve all seen a million of them.
A few years ago, near the end of 2019, Martyn and Folkwell flew from Australia to England and bought a 2008 Ford Transit van for peanuts. The plan was to outfit it so they could call it home and hit the road. Of course, the van was a lemon and multiple things went wrong with it — the clutch was on the verge of death, as were the timing chain and water pump — but that’s all to be expected when you buy a cheap van and attempt to drive it very long distances.