Talking with Turtle: What we can learn from that one ’80s movie about wave pools & Hawaii

Flashdance, E.T., Die Hard, Terminator and other ’80s celluloid gems have nothing on the North Shore. Let’s face it, an Arizona wave pool surfer taking on the Pipe Masters is just as unreal and magical as a buff cyborg cruising the time-space continuum for Sarah Conner. North Shore follows the hero’s journey storyline as Rick Kane confronts and learns what really matters in this life via the narrative of surfing. It’s vintage ‘80s cheese, and surfers globally have memorised all the most biting lines. Played by surfer/actor John Philbin, Turtle’s words are some of the most enduring in the pop culture confluence of Hollywood and surfing, “When the wave breaks here, don’t be there!” Turtle has spawned fan pages, YouTube edits, a dedicated Instagram account and countless memes. Despite roles in Return of the Living Dead, Children of the Corn and Tombstone, it’s Philbin’s role in North Shore that he … Continue reading Talking with Turtle: What we can learn from that one ’80s movie about wave pools & Hawaii