THE DRIFTER — A FILM DOCUMENTING ROB MACHADO’S TIME SPENT SOUL-SEARCHING IN INDONESIA — TO BE RELEASED THIS FALL

Authentic youth lifestyle brand Hurley and Warner Bros. Records will release The Drifter, iconic surfer Rob Machado’s much-anticipated autobiographical movie, this fall. The film will have limited theatrical screenings across the country and will also be released on DVD. Directed by Poor Specimen’s Taylor Steele this is a personal journey as much as it is a showcase of some of the world’s most flawless waves.

The Drifter starts in Bali, where Machado is looking for life’s deeper meaning. That surf trip ends up taking him on a soul-searching journey where he eventually finds himself in Indonesia’s outermost reaches with nothing but a surfboard, his journal and a tent. Machado’s conclusion after scoring more perfect waves than any surfer could ever wish for? There’s always a new dream to chase.

Machado has been chasing dreams ever since he set foot on a surfboard in 1985. From his years as a top amateur surfer to his world runner-up finish in 1995 to his Pipe Masters victory in 2000, Rob has always accomplished what he’s set out to achieve. The Drifter is a culmination of the second phase of his career, where he’s blazed a path and sealed his legacy as not only one of the world’s most stylish surfing ambassadors, but a true humanitarian. This is evident in the film itself, where he helps fund and construct a well for a remote village in Sumba — part of his Hurley H20 campaign.

Much of the dialogue in The Drifter is taken from Rob’s own personal journals. According to respected surf journalist Nathan Myers, who co-wrote the movie, there is nothing embellished in Rob’s candid, heart-felt passages. It is these passages, in fact, that drive the movie, from Rob’s epiphany in Bali, to his ill-fated motorcycle purchase, to his decision to delay his return to California, blindly pick a new island on the map, and just go.

The result is a tender, honest film that will enlighten as much as it will inspire. As Machado says, “Not all who wander are lost.”

About Warner Bros. Records

Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative artists of our time. Its reputation and extraordinary roster of new and established recording artists is unparalleled, and its collective influence on pop culture is without precedent.

Warner Bros. Records was founded 50 years ago by Jack Warner, the last of the original pioneering Warner brothers, as an offshoot of Warner Bros. Studios, which, thirty-two years earlier, had introduced its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system for feature films. The acquisition of Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label in 1963 catapulted the company into one of the most dynamic organizations in popular music and throughout the next five decades built a family of labels that today represent a full spectrum of musical genres.

With a visionary approach toward discovering and nurturing musical talent, the Warner Bros. family of labels is currently home to an impressive generation of major artists. The Warner Bros. roster includes Avenged Sevenfold, Cher, The Flaming Lips, Goo Goo Dolls, Linkin Park, The Raconteurs, Robert Randolph, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Damien Rice, Rilo Kiley, Seal, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Emmylou Harris, Wilco, Faith Hill, Mike Jones, The Veronicas, Regina Spektor, Disturbed, Michelle Branch, Mastodon, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The White Stripes, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Green Day and many others.

The rich and diversified catalog on the Warner Bros. family of labels includes a lineup of recordings by Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, the Grateful Dead, the Kinks, Madonna, Randy Newman, Prince, the Ramones, Talking Heads, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Van Halen and others.

As Warner Bros. Records begins its sixth decade, its commitment to presenting the world’s best music, maintaining the highest standard and attracting the most exciting and original artists of our time will keep the name Warner Bros. Records synonymous with excellence.

About Hurley

The Essence of Hurley is based on our love of the ocean and its constant state of change. With deep roots in beach culture, we are all about inclusion and positivity. Our brand was started with the idea of facilitating the dreams of the youth. Music and art are the common threads that bring us all together. We are passionate about freedom of expression and the individual voice. We place a premium on smiles. Welcome to our world – imagine the possibilities.

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