Slow is Fast chronicles a unique 700-mile bicycle journey down the California coast by a group of surfers and filmmakers. Along the way they document their travels, repair flat tires, surf remote breaks, visit friends and fellow journeymen and pitch in to help out artisans and organic farmers—including some in Santa Cruz—all in an effort to tell a simple story of livelihoods crafted in tune with our oceans and fields.
Slow is Fast chronicles what Dan Malloy has called "a mini-adventure in our own backyard." In September 2012, Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene jumped on a train headed north - along with bicycles, a surfboard, wetsuits, flippers, a microphone and some cameras. The idea was to travel down the coast by bike, stopping to surf; staying with friends, family and acquaintances; poaching camps when need be and doing their best to earn their keep and to learn from folks who do good work and get by along the California coast. They visit a horse-powered farm, an activist/artist farmer and his family, a sign maker, a board shaper, and a man who crafts prehistoric tools. They bike and surf and take the two o'clock AM armed watch over the vegetable beds. They meet a tracker, a blade smith, a free diver, and a family of knife throwers. They run into roadkill and many great waves. Altogether a portrait of California only accessible via human-powered travel.
About the Author
Dan Malloy is the youngest of the three Malloy brothers from Ventura County, California. He has been a professional surfer for 20 years traveling the globe and surfing some of the biggest, coldest, and most remote waves the ocean has to offer. He and his brothers have worked as ambassadors and consultants for Patagonia for 10 years, since helping launch their Ocean Division in 2004. Along with testing new equipment, designing gear and creative marketing, he and his brothers make short films and books documenting their travels and the surf crafts people they meet along the way. His earlier works consist of starring in, making music for and assisting with production of films such as Sprout, The Present, Thicker than Water and A Broke Down Melody, and most recently Come Hell or High Water. Dan lives with his wife Grace and their dairy goats on a small homestead in the Ojai Valley. Kanoa Zimmerman is a photographer living in San Francisco. He studied photography at The New School University in New York and at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. His photographs have been featured in The Surfers Journal, The Travel Almanac and other surf/travel periodicals. He has had photo exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Kellen Keene is a surfer and filmmaker living in San Luis Obispo, California.