A few of surfing's most iconic members have been making their interview rounds to promote the recently released Momentum Generation. The film follows surfers Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Rob Machado, Paul Roach, Pat O'Connell, Kalani Robb, and Taylor Knox as they roam about the North Shore of Oahu in the early 90s. Although they probably didn't know it at the time, their posse would become synonymous with terms like 'World Champion'.
Most recently Rob Machado and Taylor Steele (film director) joined Zane Lowe at the Beats 1 radio studio - which included a Facetime chat with Kelly Slater.
Listen to the full interview on iTunes here.
In addition to the film, the 11x World Champ divulged into some Olympic talk.
"Going to Japan (for the Olympics) is going to be an interesting one because the IOC and JOC has said that it's for sure going to be held in the ocean at Chiba. It's a tough one, it wouldn't be my first choice. I'm a little biased though because I've created a wave pool. In Japan, you can't really predict the swell during that time of the year. It's the off season with the occasional storm."
Momentum Generation surrounds one location: Benji Weatherley's house -- which sat right in front of Pipeline almost two decades ago. The legendary crew spent most of their time hanging out in his front yard and making home videos, showcasing various styles.
"It was crazy watching the movie for the first time," said Machado. "When we all walked out of the little theater we hugged each other. We laughed, we cried. I think we learned a lot about each other."
Music played a big part in the film and the crew has been known to spend a lot of time with musician Eddie Vedder -- member of Pearl Jam.
"Eddie Veder is a fun guy to surf with," said Slater. "That's the thing that connects us all. Obviously the music too but there's a reason we've all spent time together at a lot of wave rich locations around the world."
One of the topics of discussion during the podcast was Machado and Slater's infamous high five during the 1995 Pipe Masters. Machado foregoed priority to give Slater a high five which led to Slater winning the World Title. The moment ultimately symbolizing everything that's good about the sport.
"It seemed so natural for me," said Machado. "Of course I wanted to high five my friend."
Although famed musician Jack Johnson didn't compete on the same level as Machado, the two have been friends since the early days.
"I remember in 1997 or '98 Jack showed up in France and he told us he wrote a couple songs," said Machado. "He played them for us and it was Flake and Posters. I have a recording of that exact moment and it was just ridiculous. We ended up recording him everywhere we went and passing along the tapes to people.....the rest is history."