Legendary Surfing Pioneer, Mick “Balls Out” Shelly, hasn’t hit the waves in five decades. But an opportunity to reclaim the spotlight takes Mick and people from his past on a trip down memory lane that none are likely to forget.
The search for a perfect script can be harder to come by than the perfect wave. Winds, tides, breaks, and rips. Balls Out accounts for these elements, and the experience is a worthwhile ride.
Mick Shelly, once a surfing legend, now spends his days with an ear to the ocean, waiting for it to whisper his name one more time. However, there is one critical lesson Mick never bothered to learn: how to swim. Failure was never an option, and it’s in those stakes an ordinary kid is commissioned into surfer lore. As Mick’s career begins to ride high, he commits an innocent sin against the quaint culture of the 50’s, which in turn bans him from professional surfing for life. Most would ask if his punishment fits the crime; furthermore, why he wouldn’t appeal it in the court of rebellion. For whatever reason, Mick chose to remain dry for the next half century.
In the barrel of its wave this script displays humor, heart, truth, delusion, and a bitter surfer who longs to catch one last wave on the wet pave. Can he borrow your board?
About the writer: Tim Westland is an award winning writer and 2015 and 2014 Page International Quarter-Finalist, as well as a 2015 Screencraft Semi-Finalist. Tim co-authored the acclaimed comic book series / graphic novel, “Chasing The Dead” and recently completed a write-for-hire adaptation of the New York Times Bestselling novel “Quantum Lens”, by Douglas Richards. He can be reached at timwestland “at” hotmail!
Page Length: 16
Budget: Needs surfers to perform stunts; improbable Kelly Slater cameo
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