How "Living It Forever" Almost Died
|Ilima Kalama surfs Newport Beach's 22nd Street in 1959. He'd become the USSA champ of '62.|
Not bad when you consider the project, which the Weekly plugged here, almost suffered a debilitating setback.
Writer-director Ann Chatillon and her producer-husband Rick Chatillon went to the island state where surfing was born to snag an important interview for their film.
This being a super-indie production--she called it her videographer husband's "passion project"--the Newport Beach couple of course made the trip on their own dime.
Through word-of-mouth, they had tracked down Joe Quigg--who along with Dale Velzy and Pat Curren was one of Newport Beach's surfboard-shaper pioneers--now living on the main island of Hawaii, Oahu.
"Rick always looked up to him," Ann says of Quigg.
But after making interview arrangements over the phone with Quigg, packing all their film and sound gear, flying to Oahu and stepping off the plane to go directly to the Outrigger Canoe Club for their scheduled meeting, the couple learned they had been stood up.
Still in shock--and much lighter in the wallet--the Chatillons regrouped, deciding on the spot to locate other early Newport Beach surfers they had previously understood now live in the Hawaiian Islands--just not Oahu.
That decision would bring them their film's title and most emotional interview.
While being interviewed on one side of Maui, early surfer/Harbor High ditcher/Lido Bridge backflipper Tom Miller told the couple Ilima Kalama, who surfed out of Newport Beach back when he won the 1962 United State Surfing Association (USSA) crown, played golf daily at the municipal course on the opposite side of the island.
So, the Chatillons packed up the gear again and schlepped over to the course.