Like many parents, Toddy Stewart struggles with the nagging feeling he isn't giving his child enough opportunities to learn life's most important lessons. He is proud of bringing his boy up in their vibrant, multi-ethnic/cultural/persuasion community in New York City, but having grown up in a Pacific Northwest household obsessed with the outdoors (read: a ski-patrolman father), raising children with a woman of deep familial surfing roots (read: her father surfed 1960's North Shore) and being passionate about surfing himself (a difficult lifestyle to maintain in NYC) he feels like there is a big part of his son's education and heritage that's missing.
In equal part, Toddy's son Robinson loves his life in New York. He gets to play soccer and go to ballet and go to a great school full of interesting kids. But he feels like he is missing something that's really important to his parent's life.
The Boy's Journey is a film series about setting another bit of the record straight and introducing a child to a parent's sometimes obscured value system, then seeing that value system through the child's eyes.
A voyage of discovery through community, respect, history, and the environment, the series will be a memoirumentary travelogue that captures the journey of a father and son exploring a mythic place neither have been, while telling the story of a father showing his son his worldview, and following the child while he experiences it.
The film follows Toddy & Robinson as they make their way from Sydney up to the Sunshine Coast, as they stop off to visit their many surf-addled friends along the route. Motoring by camper van they'll be experiencing people, animals and sights as different as one can imagine from a boy's over-stuffed urban life in New York City.
Each visit will be its own film and its own lesson, documenting how the other families live. A series of open doors to another world and to a different way of life.
The result will be an exciting series of videos about community, heritage, education and exploration. It will be a journey that will stoke out any budding surfer and every future-traveler.
Not just a boy's journey, but a journey for every kid who's ever wanted to know what being a surfer and a smart, inquisitive and respectful traveler is all about.