180° South is inspired by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins’ 1968 excursion into Patagonia, adventurer Jeff Johnson sets out to retrace the footsteps of his heroes’ arduous trek as filmmaker Chris Malloy follows with camera in hand. But despite the thrill of surfing the biggest wave he’s ever encountered, Johnson quickly discovers just how treacherous things can get when you decide to challenge Mother Nature’s majesty; in addition to enduring some particularly rough waters just off the coast of Easter Island, he quickly discovers that conquering Cerro Corcovado is no simple task. Later, during a face-to-face meeting with Chouinard and Tompkins, Johnson learns how their lifelong quest to explore everything that nature has to offer eventually lead them on a drive to ensure that the places they visited over the years will be preserved for future generations of explorers to discover. Jeff says, “If I don’t get on that boat, I know what I’m going home to. If I do, my future is unwritten. “Just watching the trailer makes you want to have journeyed along with him.
Chris Malloy’s film strikes so deeply into the heart of Patagonia’s wilderness we come to feel at home there. 180°South: Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature – and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it.
The film features Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, & Jeff Johnson. With surfing by Keith Malloy, Timmy O’Neill, Ramon Navarro and Alicia Ika Acuna. Woodshed films was, “Born out of our love for the ocean and surfing, Woodshed tells stories that build stoke and inspire the soul.” The film takes you on quite a ride, without any safety ropes. How would you react if your mast snapped in the middle of the ocean? The musician, Jack Johnson said of the film, “documents an amazing journey, both inward and out.” It’s more than a feel-good movie. This documentary will touch your soul and make you rethink what sort of person you’ve become. You can view the entire journey, here.Cheers,