“To me, swimming in the sea is dead…If the surf’s flat, I don’t bother to go in.”
Since 1948, Dorothy Long, or “Dotty” as she is known by friends and fellow surfers, has been bellysurfing ply boards religiously, apart from Great Britain’s cold winters when she retreats to the heated indoor pool.
Directed by Mark Kermode and awarded “Most Inspirational Film” at the Cornwall Film Festival Board Shorts event, “The Life of Ply” observes Dotty’s spirituality through her life-long dedication to bellyboarding, and her husband, Peter. Peter has never taken much to the surf, but has expressed a respectable understanding of his wife’s passion for riding a good wave, likening it to his own life-long passion: golf. “Although I don’t surf,” he admits, “I can appreciate that she’s had a good day and is on a high…The thrill of whacking a golf ball 200 yards down the fairway, I suppose is somewhat akin to riding a reasonable wave-you get that feeling of intense satisfaction and pleasure.” Exactly.