Catching Waves As Never Before

“Paradigm Lost"
Jace Panebianco, a Southampton native who now lives in Hawaii, produced and directed “Paradigm Lost,” to be screened at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow. A.J. Messier

“You’ll see things you’ve never seen done in the water before,” Jace Panebianco said of his new action water sport film, “Paradigm Lost,” which will be presented by Poor Boyz Productions at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow.

Although a Southampton native, Mr. Panebianco has spent most of his adult life in Hawaii, where he lives now. He had a stint as a professional wind surfer, and competed in the wind surf tour for nearly eight years, but 10 years ago, after he retired, the wind blew his career in another direction. 

“I transitioned out of wind surfing and into filmmaking,” Mr. Panebianco said in a phone interview. 

While he has worked on quite a few water sports films, he is particularly proud of his newest, he said, because it incorporates so many amazing riders — Kai Lenny, in particular.

Mr. Lenny, 24, has made a name for himself in the surf world for his unusually diverse skills. Not only is he a professional big-wave surfer, he excels at stand-up paddleboarding, wind and kite surfing, and foil-board surfing, all featured in the film. 

Although foil-board surfing gained popularity years ago with the help of another famous surfer, Laird Hamilton (also in the film), Mr. Panebianco explained that in an effort to maximize his time in the water, Mr. Lenny turned to the surf foil — a surf board with a hydrofoil extended below it, allowing it to leave the surface of the water at various speeds. Surfers say it makes even the worst waves fun. 

In turn, Mr. Lenny notably tweaked the sport, which typically requires a mechanical vehicle to aid riders in catching waves. “Kai is doing it completely new,” Mr. Panebianco said. “He removed the need for a Jet Ski and bindings, and stripped it down to make it simple.” 

While foil-board surfing will never quite replace surfing (neither Mr. Lenny nor anyone else wants it to), its ability to make use of any water conditions is the essence of “Paradigm Lost.” Mr. Panebianco hopes that the film, which captures the highest level of water sports and tells the stories of some of the top surfers in a variety of styles, will appeal to everyone who enjoys being on the water.   

“There are so many different types of waters on Long Island, so the sports you can do are limitless,” he said. “If you watch the film and your mind is open to other sports, our goal is that you will take a chance and try something new. This movie should get you pumped up to do that.” 

The film, which was co-produced with Red Bull Media House, will play tomorrow at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, $5 for members of the Parrish.

“Even if the tide is high or the waves are crumbly, you can be foiling and riding waves for minutes,” Jace Panebianco, who made “Paradigm Lost‚” said. “It makes surfing in bad conditions really fun.” Andy MannAndy Mann