Through Clouds and Water


"The waves are best in the winter, when there's a bigger swell but you can come out with icicles hanging off your face," says British documentarian Tom Elliott. "We shot the film in December and January, when guys go in wearing 5mm-6mm thick neoprene suits, hoods, gloves and boots." It's a long way from the beaches of Hawaii, California and Australia to the icy coastline of England's industrial North East. Through Clouds and Water is a documentary about surfers in the north east, a hidden subculture in one of Britain’s most industrial cities.