Wednesday, September 01, 2010

180 (Degrees) South

Go to Netflix and download this movie....NOW. It is powerful, beautiful, and incredible.

It's a story about a guy, Jeff Johnson, and his quest to achieve a life-long dream to follow in the footsteps of his heroes, Jvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins (founder of North Face), and retrace an epic journey they made to Patagonia in the late 60's (Fun factoid:  These two are best friends.  How crazy is that?!  The founders of two major outdoor apparel brands are BEST FRIENDS, how did I not know this!?).  Jeff Johnson is a self-proclaimed "guy who works a 9-to-5 job so that he can disappear now and then to Yosemite for a climb or mainland Mexico to surf" who takes a chance on the adventure of a lifetime - and wins. 

Our very good friends, Julie and Kyle told us about this film and because everything they suggest to us is right up our alley and awesome, we downloaded it. It is inspiring, visually spectacular and the kind of movie that makes you want to get up and do something amazing.  Not to mention the soundtrack kicks some major butt.

Rent it.  Download it.  Buy it.  Whatever.  It's a must see.  I'll close with Scott's favorite line of the film:

"If I don't get on that boat, I know what I'm going home to.  If I do, my future is unwritten..."
~Jeff Johnson~



Brittany & Scott


Julie Melissa said...

I did not know that they were best friends either!? Even cooler! And how great was the music in that flick? One song they played was Roller Coaster by MWard. We had that playing when Kenton was born!

How awesome was the mermaid chick? She was magical. I loved her, the movie, everything about it. It was made for you guys!! And wow, the re-rigging of the mast? OMFG!

Erick said...

Fantastic film. Loved every second of it!

Unknown said...

FYI kids the Patagonia store on Clyborn will be showing it on Monday Sept 13th.

Anonymous said...

Great Film!

Bill said...

It was really great! We saw this awhile back, I've wanted to go volunteer and pull down fences in Patagonia ever since :)

I actually saw it advertised on the back of a Kashi cereal box.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the flick tip! Loved it! When I started to follow your blog last year, we were refitting our new-to-us 30 year old boat and planning to head down the ICW from New England in Sept 2010, like you. Unfortunately, our house finally sold, but we lost money (like everyone else) we shipped our boat to San Diego and now liveaboard instead. Will take our cruising trip after we regrow some cash. So please, continue the great blogging, so we can live vicariously through you!

Windtraveler said...

Hey Anonymous #2!! Thanks for the comment!! And if there is anything I've learned throughout this process (which is further amplified in the movie) - is that it's the journey, not the destination! So every step you guys take toward achieving your dream is a part of that journey!! Enjoy living aboard and hopefully we'll see you on the water!! Until then, we'll keep you updated! :)

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Haven't had a chance to view the movie yet, but will. Love that quote ... how true!

Romanijoe said...

Great movie thanks for the recommendation. I hope you're happy that people are still reading your old posts (although I skip some of your non-sailing posts). said...

Holy Mackerel, I am on a Windtraveler marathon mission! I am tearing through from the start and finding so many spectacular tips, enjoying your adventures and taking notes. Many notes! My Wife turned me onto your site months ago and I have occasionally visited, until recently. Now I am living on here. We are embarking on an adventure of our own you see. As you headed back to Chicago for your hiatus, our first ever sailboat is being delivered! And we are excited to explore life on the water with our one year old in tow. We've gone through a lot to get here and there's a long way to go. Your blog (read: lifestyle) is extremely inspirational, your book and movie suggestions are spot on. 180° South is awesome and does indeed get the adventure gears turning forward. Good luck with the twins!

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