Convergence is an original 805 Beer film starring Authenticos Conner Coffin, Nate Tyler, and Greyson Fletcher. Directed by Perry Gershkow, and filmed on location throughout California, Convergence follows three surf icons as they travel up the Golden State’s coast to surf, skate, share cold ones, and reflect on the journey their shared love for surfing and the Californian way of life has taken them on. Watch it now, and then read on to learn more about Convergence.
While Convergence is a watch-with-friends-on-the-couch surf movie that gets you excited to run out into the water in the truest sense, it’s also much more. It’s a captivating story of passion, perseverance, and family. The film is an intimate window into Conner, Greyson, and Nate’s remarkable and deep-rooted familial connections. It also provides a personal look into both the successes and challenges across their respective spheres of influence.
“We are a community that feeds off one another and that inspires us to new levels and see surfing through another lens,” says Conner in the film. For those out of the know, Conner is a professional surfing mainstay. Hailing from Santa Barbara, he’s been making noise on the men’s World Tour circuit as far back as 2011, even finishing fourth overall at the Rip Curl World Surf League Finals in 2021.
Recently, however, Connor’s been spending time off the tour, focusing on the thing that sparked his fire in the first place: just surfing. Conner fit back into his free surfing roots like we slide into an old pair of boots. It feels right, it makes sense, and he looks good. In fact, he’s surfing better than ever before.
And then you have Greyson Fletcher. You only need to hear his last name to know what’s in store with Greyson. Grandson of surfing noble Herbie Fletcher, and son of high-performance surfing and aerial pioneer Christian Fletcher, Greyson is the third generation of Southern California action sports royalty. He got his start on concrete and didn’t start surfing until 2011, when he moved to San Clemente to be closer with his grandfather and grandmother. You’d think he’s spent his whole life on fibreglass rather than wood though if you watched him.
“There was a time when surfers and skateboarders were in two different worlds,” Greyson tells us. “But that seems to be changing more and more, and for me at least, I thrive when I can combine what I learn in a concrete bowl and then head to the water and get barreled in the same day. Surfing has been my way of life from the very beginning. Convergence allowed me to reflect on my upbringing and the immense impact the sport has had on shaping my identity.”
We can’t forget about Nate Tyler. Quiet, cool, and an absolute free surfing operator in every sense of the term. Nate’s been a staple of every notable, modern, high-performance surf edit for decades now. He’s travelled around the world and surfed some of the best waves better than anyone’s ever surfed them before, or after. If you talked to him about it, though, you’d never know.
Nate still calls the Central Coast home, right here in the 805. He fills his days with sculpture work, a passion of his, time with family, and running out to cold, windy, empty corners at remote breaks down the road from him. “Surfing is so about being in the moment,” he says. “So taking that rare breath to look back on my career, family and sport in the context of two guys I really admire is a real honor. The 805 team did a caring job of capturing an authentic, sincere reflection of our journey.”
Convergence weaves the story of this former World Tour expatriate, the youngest member of a revered surfing family dynasty, and a celebrated California surfer. These are three individuals who have all followed their own unique paths and lived their lives differently. But, at the end of the day, they’re all united under a common love for surfing.
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16mm cinematography by Dana Shaw
Super 8 Cinematography by Perry Gershkow Motion Picture Lab Services – Spectra Film & Video
Motion Picture Film Scans by Original Archival / Westley Denba
Sound Design by Dana Shaw
Original Score by Miles Kelly
Additional score by Victor Pakpour