NorCal Edition | october 29, 2009 


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WIN 2 Tickets to the Re:Session Film Premiere |  Wed Nov 4 at SF's Palace of Fine Arts
Don't miss Teton Gravity's new ski & snowboard film, Re:Session. To enter, reply to this email with your Top 5 list favorite surf books OR Top 5 surf films and a few bullets why.  Enter by Monday, Nov 2, 6pm PST.  We'll select the best submissions to appear in our new Film & Arts section debuting soon.  Film ticket winner will be chosen randomly. 

October 2009's Uncrowded, 10-foot-plus Days...

Postcards from South America's Atlantic Coast 


Big wave season is just around the corner and we hope Mother Nature delivers... the Maverick's waiting period begins this Sunday, November 1, with a huge $150K purse this year... November is also *loaded* with surf films galore, including the Save the Waves Film Fest, "Modern Collective," and the much anticipated Rob Machado-Taylor Steele film, "The Drifter," with Machado doing a live music performance.  Film fanatics shouldn't miss the California Surf Festival in Oceanside, with a mega-lineup of film premiers AND a mini-preview of Slater's new IMAX film.  The Fest is also a Surfer Mag's 50th Anniversary bash with live music, art and more scheduled.


November is chock full of surf sales,  the O'Neill Cold Water Classic and NorCal Surf Shop's Uncle Dick's Contest.  Get the all the event details plus local news below.  Also check our website for calendar updates and the latest Nov-Dec Surf Contest Calendar.


Anyway, we're still down here in South America, enjoying 84 degree weather, warm waters, and eating fresh blueberries off the vine at local farms....Stay tuned for our upcoming holiday issue around Nov 11 on gear & more.

Surfea, relájate y disfruta!
-Monica & the Zuna Surf crew

Surfers Doing Good

New Swings at Puerto Viejo

Surf For Life Opens 2010 Registration for Costa Rica Programs
Meaningful Vacations:  Build Schools & More While Surfing World-Class Breaks

San Francisco-based Surf For Life, has opened up registration for its 2010 volunteer program where surfers can make a difference for the local children & communities near world-class breaks.  Supported by surf icons like 2-time world champion Cori Schumacher and Donald Takayama, the upcoming February and March programs...more

Surf Groups

Elizabeth Davis-Simpson's Super Grom at Pacifica

Calling All Surf Moms & Dads
Get more water time in...

Not getting enough surf time in? Our Pacifica friend Elizabeth Davis-Simpson is organizing a group of Bay Area surf parents to trade surf sessions with kid watching, so everyone can get in the water more. Per Elizabeth, “Fall/Winter is our best surf season -- on nicer days, we can bring kiddies to the Linda Mar & area beaches and perhaps use one of our homes for colder, wet weather (I live in Sharp Park).  Planning half or full day trips to Bolinas and Santa Cruz are also possible.”  Contact her to join the list at (415) 305-9680 or email careynation [at]  If there’s enough response, she'll setup a website and organize a meet-up of parents.

JettyGirl Benefit for South African Legend Heather Clark

On October 22, 2009, former ASP Pro Heather Clark was struck by a drunk driver in her South African homeland.  The grim accident left her car in 2 pieces and Heather with life-threatening injuries. Jetty Girl, plus Mick Fanning and other pros are raising money to help with medical costs.  Visit JettyGirl to donate & details. See also Zig Zag Surf Magazine.

Surf Flix Review

Surf Flix Editor Max Tom is an SF Bay area shortboarder and film fanatic who has logged hundreds of hours viewing surf movies.  His favorites include Quiksilver's Young Guns series and  Bustin' Down the Door.
Searching for Michael Peterson | Max's Rating: (3.0 out of 5 stars)
by Max Tom

About 100 people turned out to the Victoria Theater for an evening of acoustic music and a classic surf documentary...This film will give you everything you ever wanted to know about Michael Peterson, the Syd Barrett of the surfing world.  From 1972 – 1977, MP won virtually every Aussie contest with his aggressive wave riding.  Mental illness claimed him just at the dawn of the modern age of World Tour contest surfing.  Top notch interviews with the best surfers of the time retell MP’s story.  Restored archival footage gives us a glimpse at state of the art 1970’s progressive surfing on single fin shortboards.  Overall, a very high quality production akin to that of Busting Down the Doors.  MP's brilliant but short career and his problems with the law, though, brings to mind a VH1 "Behind the Music" documentary.  One to view to complete one's understanding of surf history.   

Locals in the Media
o Project Kaisei, co-founded by George Orbelian and Mary Crowley to help cleanup the North Pacific Garbage Patch, was this 10/29 morning's headline story on
o FleaHab - Santa Cruz's "Flea" Virostko's rehab program was in last month's NY Times.
o Sierra & Haley Partridge - The Santa Cruz twins get profiled about their careers and charitable efforts this month in GoodTimes.




See full event calendar below.

Or go to Swell Events site


NorCal Surf Shop's Big Sale

Now through Nov 1

Burlingame, CA


Save The Waves Film Fest

Thu, Nov 13, 2009

San Francisco, CA


O'Neill Cold Water Classic
Nov 2-8, 2009

Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 


FILM: The Drifter
Mon Nov 16 - San Fran
Tue Nov 17 - Santa Cruz

FILM: Modern Collective

Wed Nov 4 - Santa Cruz

Thu Nov 5 - San Francisco


Surf Stronger Performance Surf Camp

Sat Nov 21, Manhattan Beach


Carve Designs Holiday Sale

Tue-Thu, Nov 10-12, 2009

Mill Valley, CA


California Surf Festival - Films, Music, Art & Icons

Nov 19-22, Oceanside (SoCAL)



Got a cool event to share or publicize? 
Just reply to this email and give us the scoop!  All submissions are subject to editorial review.


 O C T O B E R  2 0 0 9
gear sale  
now -Nov 1 2-Mile Surf Shop's Fall Inventory Sale |  Bolinas, CA 
now while supplies last 
2-Mile Surf Shop,  22 Brighton Avenue, Bolinas CA  | map
contact: 415-868-0264  
hours: open every day from 9am - 6pm

Fall is coming so now is time to pick up some quality surf gear!  IF you're heading to Bolinas, 2-Mile Surf Shop is having a Fall Rental Inventory Blow-Out Sale!   The sale started Saturday 10/24 in October and continues through while the inventory lasts! 

All used / rental wetsuits and surfboards will be on sale at drastically reduced prices -- Adult Wetsuits $100 / Youth Wetsuits $75 / Booties $25.

Surfboards for all abilities - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Foamies, Softops and Epoxies with prices starting as low as $250. We also have our Epoxy Stand-Up Paddleboards on sale as well.

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gear sale  
now - Nov 1 NorCal Surf Shop Burlingame |  Burlingame, CA 
now while supplies last
NorCal Surf Shop Burlingame, 1101 Douglas (at California) Burlingame, CA
contact: 650-348-9283

Nor Cal Surf Shop Burlingame is having a big fall sale...score:


o  NEW Indo Board Balance Trainer  20% off - $101.95 (list $118.95) if you bring in this ad here.

o 15% off SKATEBOARDS -- like Plan B, Think, Real, Creature, Organika, GIRL, DGK, Element, Enjoi, Anti-Hero. Get the discount by printing and bringing in this flyer or this ad for a Sector 9 longboard skateboard  (*Sale not applicable to NorCal Sk8 boards or accessories.)

o CLEARANCE *SHOES* 50% OFF - DC, VANS, NIKE 6.0, VOX, ADIO. are flying off the shelf!  * prices vary *  Get 20% off Sanuk Shoes here.

Check out our Kite gear & wetsuit sale, too, for deals like these:

NEW Lightwave Spirit Kiteboard 09 Complete for $649.00
o  Neil Pryde NPX 4/3 Assassin Full Wetsuit $233
NPX Hoodie Jacket for $158.00

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art exhibit
now - Nov 30 SEA LIFE ART EXHIBIT |  Pacific Beach, CA (SOCAL)
now through Nov 30
Surfindian,  4658 Mission Blvd, Pacific Beach (SOCAL)  | map
contact: Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.
more: Sea Life Press Release

If you missed the 10/24 opening reception, the SoCal surf art gallery, Surfindian, has its newest art show "Sea Life," on display through November 30th.  It features art, photography, music and surfboards from 5 female artists, Julie Cox, Elizabeth Pepin, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Ashley Lloyd and Nicole Grodesky.  Enjoy some great ocean-inspired art!

The exhibition highlights the artistic inspiration from all five California-based women whose expressions originate from their interaction with the ocean – an element that has worked into every aspect of their daily lives. The women, all avid surfers themselves, employ a variety of mediums, from painting to photography to surfboard shaping to create a unique and diverse body of work.  For more, check out the
Sea Life Press Release.

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beach cleanup
nov 1 - sun SF Surfrider's Ocean Beach Cleanup |  San Francisco
Sun Nov 1 |  10am-12pm
Ocean Beach @  Noriega  San Francisco  | map
contact: Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.
more: Surfrider SF | Beach Cleanups

Join SF Surfrider for its regular beach clean-up every 2 weeks at 10am on Sundays. All cleanup gear is supplied -- just show up!  Prior to heading out, check their events calendar for any last-minute changes. Rain cancels any planned cleanups.

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surf film + party
Nov 2 - Mon DVD RELEASE PARTY:  RideOn | Montara, CA
when: Mon Nov 2 | 6pm-11pm | film screening time 8pm
La Costanera Restaurant, 851 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara
tix: No Cover
more: Mavz  | Powerlines Productions

On the heels of Maverick's opening ceremony Sun Nov 1, Powerlines Productions invites you to their film screening & DVD release party of "Ride On," a progressive big-wave surf documentary that brings you into the minds and lives of surfers as they search for the largest rideable waves in the Pacific.  Happy bar menu all night long, plus $4 Peruvian beers, $4 bottled beers, $5 pisco sours.

Produced by Curt Myers, Chris Wilson and Eric Nelson, "Ride On" documents the arrival of the deadliest swell in decades, as surfers are left with a decision: surf Mavericks, with waves that many have compared to "100-Foot Wednesday", or Pescadero Point (aka Ghost Tree), a spot that now faces a ban on tow-in surfing on its biggest days. The film also includes footage from the fabled Nov. 29-30 swell that elite surfers are calling "the best paddle swell at Mavericks." Includes footage of Alaska’s glacier produced waves, beach-break perfection in Mexico,  Puerto Escondido’s historic monster swell at and the worst wipeout ever witnessed at Mavericks. Featured surfers include many of the regular Mavericks crew.

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surf contest

Nov 2-8 - mon-sun

O'Neill Cold Water Classic Steamer Lane - Santa Cruz, CA

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic California goes down at Steamer Lane’s “amphitheatre-like break,” in Santa Cruz, Calif., Nov. 2-8, 2009. This year, it’s been upgraded to 6-Star Prime event.   The ASP Grade-3 Oakley Pro Junior North American Championships will also run concurrently.  This is final stop on the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 2009 where the winner will be crowned and awarded $50K prize money. Looking to oust reigning 2008 Champion Nat Young are current and former ASP World Tour stalwarts Jordy Smith, Timmy Reyes, Roy Powers, Cory Lopez and Adriano de Souza, current top American WQS leader Brett Simpson, current ASP World Junior Champion Kai Barger, and big wave rider Mark Mathews. A local trial will also advance two talented local into the mix.  Watch the contest webcast LIVE and get contest updates here.
 By the way, Jason ‘Ratboy’ Collins is this year's event ambassador. “Steamer Lane is a world-class wave,” says Ratboy. “It’s a very powerful, long perfect point break that can produce barrels, big air sections and lots of high-performance surfing. It’s a great thing to have a 6-Star Prime WQS event on my home break.”  Check out the expo area, the Nov 4 screening of Modern Collective and more.

More surf contests

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snow film
Nov 4 - Wed FILM:  TGR's RE:SESSION | San Francisco


when: Wed Nov 4 | 1st show: doors 5:30pm, film 6:30pm
  Wed Nov 4 | 2nd show: doors 8:00pm, film 9:30pm
Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St,  San Francisco
tix: $5 advance, $7 door | Buy@ Ticketweb, SportsBasement, NorthFace SF
more: re_session movie site  | tour dates | trailer

OK, it's not a surf film, but it's a great way to get psyched for winter's frozen waves. Catch TGR's newest 16MM and HD ski and snowboard film as its tour stops in SF.  Per TGR, "This project takes viewers beyond the traditional ski and snowboard movie into a revolutionary realm of action sports entertainment. Shot on both film and RED ONE high definition camera technology, Re: Session documents the true wealth of the mountain experience. Follow the crew as they score in one of Alagna, Italy's deepest seasons on record. Check out forbidden powder in Poland, massive wedges in Colorado, new gap jumps in Utah, and seven weeks of epic riding conditions in Alaska."  With an all-star cast of ski & snowboard pros and TGR regulars.

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surf film
Nov 4 - Wed FILM:  Modern Collective | Santa Cruz


when: Wed Nov 4 | screening time 7pm
Del Mar, 1124 Pacific Ave,  Santa Cruz
tix: $5 advance, $7 door | Buy@ Pacific Wave + O'Neill's 41st & Downtown Shops
more: movie website  | tour dates | trailer

Enter the raffle to win a "Super Surfboard" & more!  Movie tix go onsale 10/30 weekend...As part of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic, get set for the thumpin' Kai Neville film, “Modern Collective,” a collective of six surfers set out on a voyage to alter one’s perception of modern day surfing. Forget pre-dawn charging. Forget golden lighting. Forget glassy waters. They ignore perfect point breaks in favor of chunky onshore wedges. This is about high performance, state of the art, modern-as-hell surfing. Onshore=keepers. Follow these vogue individuals and obtain a candid look at what a session is actually like with the world's best. The future has already happened! You will just be watching the replay.  The film stars Dane Reynolds, Dion Agius, Yadin Nicol, Mitch Coleborn, Dusty Payne and Jordy Smith.

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surf film
Nov 5 - Thu FILM:  Modern Collective | San Francisco


when: Thursday Nov 5 | 7:30 and 9:30 Showings
Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa,  SAN FRANCISCO
tix: $10
more: movie website  | tour dates | trailer

Aqua Surf Shop and Wavefest are proud to announce a futuristic assault on the senses!  In this picture, Dion Agius and Taylor Steele try to bring aging hippy Riverock up to date in fashion in time for da premier of Kai Neville's new film Modern CollectiveStarring Dane Reynolds, Dion Agius, Yadin Nicol, Mitch Coleborn, Dusty Payne and Jordy Smith, Kai (a Taylor Steel protégé) and his collective of six surfers set out on a voyage to alter one’s perception of modern day surfing. Forget pre-dawn charging. Forget golden lighting. Forget glassy waters. They ignore perfect point breaks in favor of chunky onshore wedges. This is about high performance, state of the art, modern-as-hell surfing. Onshore=keepers. Follow these vogue individuals and obtain a candid look at what a session is actually like with the world's best. The future has already happened! You will just be watching the replay. 

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live music
Nov 7 - sat LIVE:  The Aquamen, The Mighty Slim Pickens & more  | San Francisco


when: Sat Nov 7 | 8:30pm-11:30pm
El Rio, 3158 Mission at Precita,  SAN FRANCISCO
tix: $7 | 21 & up only
more: facebook event page

An outta-hand night of "Rockabilly! Punk! Garage! Surf!" with The Mighty Slim Pickens, The Meat Sluts, and The Aquamen.  For more vivid descriptions of the bands, go here.


The Mighty Slim Pickins...are an SF-based self-proclaimed "what-the-f*!@k-abilly" band. Blending vintage country, rockabilly and punk, this all-female outfit is a little bit heartache, a little bit hardcore and a whole lotta camp....The Meat Sluts - Time to punk'n' roll with members of the Womentors, Double D's, Lost Puppy and EX-members of Loudmouths, McCools, among others... and The Aquamen are best described as a crew who "staggers around stage in suits, striking metal poses, yowling in staccato outbursts. The band's unique blend of spastic surf "intoxica" channels the spirits of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Man ... or Astroman? and Dean Martin in a boozy seance." --San Jose Metro

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surf swap meet
nov 7 - sat Santa Cruz Swap Meet at Hotline | Santa Cruz

sat oct 3, 8:30am - 12 noon
Hotline Wetsuits Showroom Parking Lot at 719 Swift St at Ingalls
831-425-5924 |
more: Hotline | event page

Hotline's Santa Cruz anta Cruz Surf Swap Meet takes place on the 1ST Saturday of every month, at the same place and same time. Buy, Sell, Trade all sorts of gear, from SURFING, KITEBOARDING, KAYAKING, SUP, WAKEBOARD, PADDLEBOARDS & MORE.  Shop for deals and to bring your unwanted boards, wetsuits (no matter the brand), and all other water gear.  Free admission & no charge for sellers.  Next  swap is Dec 5, 2009.

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surfrider cleanup
nov 7 - sat Santa Cruz SURFRIDER Beach Cleanup |  Santa Cruz

Sat Nov 7 | 11am-1pm
Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz | Map
831-476-7667 Surfrider

Surfrider SC Events page | register for the cleanup


Every first Saturday of the month, join us 11am-1pm as we walk a different local beach and clean-up trash.  All ages are welcome.  These cleanups also provide a source of community volunteer week as required of students in many local schools, clubs and collges.  Please bring sturdy shoes, water, sun block (and rain gear in needed).  If you haven't signed up before for a cleanup, please register here.

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happy hour  
Nov 11 - wed Wet Wednesday Surf Happy Hour |  San Francisco, CA 
9pm-2am, every Wednesday
Riptide Lounge,  3639 Taraval at 47th, SAN FRANCISCO
contact: 415.681.TIDE  
price: no cover
more: Riptide Event Calendar  

Every Wednesday is Wet Wednesday at the Riptide -- free surf movies and grub.The last Wednesday of the month is always a benefit for a non-profit or worthy cause.

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carve designs sale
nov 10-12 - tue-thur Carve Designs Holiday Sale |  Mill Valley

Tues-Thursday, Nov 10, 11, 12 | 12pm-5pm daily
Carve Designs offices - 39 Forrest St, Suite 202, Mill Valley, CA | map

Carve's sale event  


Don't miss Carve Designs' fab Holiday Sale.  A Zuna Surf favorite for women's surf gear,  c'mon down to their Mill Valley office location and stock up on some great apparel deals before the holiday rush.  Get gear for all seasons -- jackets, hoodies, sweaters, tops, bottoms, swim + surf wear and accessories. They're selling samples, too.  Huge discounts on everything, says our sources.  Kids & Friends welcome.  Check out some of the gear online at

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surf film
Nov 13 - Fri Save The Waves Film Festival | San Francisco
The Cove trailer:
Lost Prophets Trailer:
All Points South trailer:
Devils Teeth trailer:


when: Fri Nov 13 | doors open at 7pm; 8pm film screening
Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th & mission  SAN FRANCISCO
tix: $20 or $50 VIP Green Wave (VIP includes reserved seating, STW membership, a T-shirt, and limited edition signed STWFF art poster |
more: 21 & up event only.  | event page | buy tix


The Save The Waves Film Festival is a special evening of inspiring environmental films and epic surf films, live music by the Eldorados, an art exhibit by Travis Weller, a great raffle, and a party to benefit the ocean. The preeminent voice for our oceans, Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, will present a talk on the “The Cove” film and the Northern California premiere of  “Lost Prophets” surf film. Plus, the sweet RAFFLE:  $5 raffle tickets earn you a chance to win a new surfboard, epic custom art by Travis Weller and Chivo, Jack Johnson signed CDs, clothing and more.

Don’t miss this line-up of award-winning films:
o  "The Cove"
Deemed “a certain Oscar nominee” by acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert. See synopsis below about the heart-wrenching dolphin documentary + additional November SF screening dates.  Or read this interview with the filmmakers.
o "Lost Prophets"
a new surf film with Dave Rastovich, Hans Hagen, Chris Del Moro & Reef Macintosh. "
Lost Prophets-Search for the Collective" is an adventure documentary that follows nine surfers in different aspects of life, from a renegade canyon dweller to devout West Javanese Muslim.  Narrated by legendary oddball Tom Morey, the film delves into different aspects of surfing, all the while centered around the Indonesia surf escape.  Some people live life asleep, only dreaming their awake. Amongst the unstoppable trend of surf globalization there are certain individuals who have found a way of waking up. The film portrays a vivid picture of lives intertwined by adventure, balance, dedication and connection and thus, bridging generations.
o "All Points South"
Best Short Film Award Winner, New York Surf  Film Festival; this surf-activism film by Save The Waves' Josh Berry and filmmaker Sachi Cunningham exposes Southern Chile's pulp mill pollution problem, how surfers and fishermen are fighting against the forestry industry. 
o  "Devils Teeth"
Roger Teich's short film about
Ron Elliot, the only urchin diver to frequent the Great White Shark-infested waters of the Farallon Islands. 


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nov 15, 16, 17
Film: The Cove | San Francisco
The Cove trailer:
Sun-Tues Nov 15-17 |  Screening times TBD
Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St San Francisco | map
contact: The Cove film + trailer
$9 Adults; $6 Seniors & Children; $7 Bargain 2:00PM Shows

Screening times TBD.  "This devastating and highly engaging documentary about the ‘dolphin trade’  by one-time dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry and former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyo has played to standing ovations at Sundance and is likely to change what you think about humanity's relationship to the oceans. Beautifully photographed and highly entertaining as it is, "The Cove" is also one of the most wrenching movies you'll ever see. It raises troubling questions about how badly we have befouled the 70 percent of our planet that's covered with water, and about why we have treated the species closest to us in intelligence with such cruelty and contempt.”   

- From the interview with the filmmakers.

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beach cleanup
nov 15 - sun SF Surfrider's Ocean Beach Cleanup |  San Francisco
Sun Nov 15 |  10am-12pm
Ocean Beach @ Stairway 17,  San Francisco across from Beach Chalet | map
contact: Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.
more: Surfrider SF | Beach Cleanups

Join SF Surfrider for its regular beach clean-up every 2 weeks at 10am on Sundays. All cleanup gear is supplied -- just show up!  Prior to heading out, check their events calendar for any last-minute changes. Rain cancels any planned cleanups.

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surf film
Nov 16 - Mon FILM:  The Drifter | San Francisco

The Drifter Trailer:


when: Mon Nov 16 | doors open at 7pm
Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th & mission  SAN FRANCISCO
tix: Buy at Mollusk, Wise, Aqua, Nor-Cal Surf Shop, Proof Lab
more: movie website | tour dates |  | buy the dvd


The evening features an acoustic set with Machado and Jon Swift, a full-length showing of the film and a Q&A with Rob and Taylor Steele!

Surf icon Rob Machado is the central focus of acclaimed surf filmmaker Taylor Steele’s latest movie. Steele captures Machado’s soul-searching journeys through the Indonesian islands. Winner of "Best Film" at Bali's Ombak International Surf Film Festival earlier this fall, much of the dialogue in The Drifter is taken from Machado's own personal journals. According to respected surf journalist Nathan Myers, who co-wrote the movie, there is nothing embellished in Machado's candid, heart-felt passages. It is these passages, in fact, that drive the movie, from Machado's epiphany in Bali, to his ill-fated motorcycle purchase, to his decision to delay his return to California, blindly pick a new island on the map, and just go. Jakarta Post said it well: "Capturing the journey of the surfer through a different land, culture and waves, The Drifter is a visual metaphor for a free spirit's conscious abandonment of the worldly traps of modern life as he searches for the inner freedom and spiritual joy offered by a life of renunciation."  This is a Poor Specimen production.

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surf film
Nov 17 - Tue FILM:  The Drifter | Santa Cruz
when: Tue Nov 17 | Doors open at 7pm | movie 8pm-10pm
Del Mar, 1124 Pacific Ave,  Santa Cruz
tix: Buy at Pacific Wave Surf Shop
more: movie website | tour dates | | buy the dvd

The evening features an acoustic set with Rob Machado and Jon Swift, a full-length showing of the film and a Q&A with Rob and Taylor Steele! See the Nov 15 San Fran screening above for more details.  
View Trailer.

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surf festival
nov 19-22 thur-sun CALIFORNIA SURF FESTIVAL & Surfer Mag 50th Anniversary |  Oceanside
Hanging Five trailer:

Shaped trailer:

Sea of Darkness trailer:

Echo Beach trailer:

The Drifter trailer:

when: Thursday -Sunday, Nov 19-21
where: California Surf Museum + other locations | Oceanside, CA (SoCAL)
tel: 760-721-6876
tix Events: $10-$75; $8-$55 for CSM members. An All Access Pass for all events, all films and both VIP receptions is $225; CSM members rate $150.
contact: event page | press release

The 2nd Annual California Surf Festival is California Surf Museum (CSM) benefit with something for everybody -- a slew of movies, music, art & more over 4 days…This year, the gala will honor "50 Years of Surfer Magazine: The Making of an Icon."  All past publishers and editors of the magazine are being invited for a special tributes by the surf industry. Surfer Magazine is the longest running and most significant publication in its field and the evening will showcase the rich history of the magazine and the sport. 


Screening locations:

o GRACE = Grace Theater (at the Grace Chapel), 102 N. Freeman St.
o BROOKS = Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway
All Screenings Pass:  $40 CSM members, $60 non-members
Individual Features includes short films: $8 CSM member, $10 non-members

·          DATE TBD - Sneak Preview of Kelly Slater's forthcoming IMAX film

 Fri, Nov 20 - 5pm-6:30 at GRACE

·         Madera -  Short Film on building a hollow wood board, Tom Blake-style.

·          SHAPED* - Filmmaker and The Sandals founder Walter Georis takes a historical look at the art of shaping surfboards. | trailer

Fri, Nov 20 - 6pm-7:30pm at BROOKS

·         Verve -  Short Film. Suyen Mosely covers the Leo Carrillo soul surf classic contest,  landmark event for the Black Surfing community.

·          Dear & Yonder -Tiffany Campbell’s artful film on women & surf | trailer

Fri, Nov 20 - 8pm-9:30pm at BROOKS

·         Gum For My Boat -  Short Film about Bangledesh Surf Club | trailer

·          Still Filthy - Jarrod Tallman & Billabong's sequel to Filthy Habits, 21 years later. A Surf Poll Winner 2009.  | trailer

Sat, Nov 21 - 12pm-1pm TBD at GRACE
Sat, Nov 21 - 1pm- 3pm at GRACE

·          All Points South – Save the Waves' short film about surf-activism battle with Southern Chile's pulp mill pollution | trailer

·          WaveRiders - Joel Conroy's film on George Freeth, the Malloys & the Irish impact on surfing's evolution. Best Documentary Winner at Surfer Poll  | trailer

Sat, Nov 21 - 3pm - 4:30pm at GRACE

·          Sea of Darkness- Michael Oblowitz's modern day pirate tale about Martin Daly & "The Indies Trader" crew's wild adventures exploring Indo's remote jungle surf spots in the 1970s.

Sat, Nov 21 - 5pm - 6:30pm at GRACE

·          HighWater – Dana Brown’s film about the 2005 Vans Triple Crown  | trailer

Sat, Nov 21 - 12pm-1pm at BROOKS

·          Hot Grom Shorts - Video Contest for kids, films 5 mins and under. Enter here.

Sat, Nov 21- 2:30pm to 4:30 at BROOKS

·         Tom’s Creation Plantation -  Short Film. The rebirth of building ancient boards, known as alaias | Trailer

·          Hanging Five  - Chris Cutri's film follows 5 surf artists: Wolfgang Bloch, Andy Davis, Alex Knox, Tyler Warren and Julie Goldstein. | trailer

Sat, Nov 21 - 5pm to 6:00 at BROOKS

·          Echo Beach-  Newport Beach's 56th Street in the 1980s spawned of a new era of high performance surfing & DIY entrepreneurship, leading to the rise of QuikSilver, Stussy, RipCurl and more. | trailer

Sat, Nov 21 - 6pm to 7:30 at BROOKS

·          The Drifter- Taylor Steele's in-depth, soul-revealing look inside Rob Machado as they tour Indo on motorbikes. | trailer

Sat, Nov 21 - 8pm to 9:00 at BROOKS

·         Inundation -  Short Film. Jacksonville Beach's local shapers struggle to survive

·          Lost Prophets - Nathan Apeel's story of nine surfers in different aspects of life, from a renegade canyon dweller to devout West Javanese Muslim.  Narrated by legendary oddball Tom Morey and stars Dave Rastovich & Hans Hagen.

Sun Nov 22 – 12pm-1pm at BROOKS

·          Hot Grom Shorts - Video Contest for kids, films 5 mins and under.

Sun Nov 22 – 1pm - 2:30pm at BROOKS

·          BS!  - Volcom's latest July 2009 video with Nate Tyler, Dusty Payne & more shredding. | trailer

Sun Nov 22 - 3pm to 4:30pm at BROOKS;

·         El Día Despues -  Short Film- Gary Linden's big wave surfing in Chile

·         Shaping A Life -  Short Film about Gary Linden | trailer

·         Presentation: First “Silver Surfer Award” presented to Gary Linden

Other Great California Surf Festival events:
Thu, Nov. 19 - World Champ Nat Young presentation + booksigning
7pm, Brooks Theater Oceanside. |
Tix: CSM members $15 | General $20
Fri, Nov 20 -  Jake Shimabukuro in Concert
6:00pm reception, California Surf Museum |
 Tix: CSM members $55 | General $75
7:30pm, Grace Theater, Oceanside  |
 Tix: CSM members $25 | General $35
Sat, Nov 21 - Clark Little Photography Exhibit, Booksigning & Champagne reception
2:30pm, Brooks Theater Oceanside.  |
Tix: CSM members $15 | General $20
Sat, Nov 21Surfer Magazine 50-Year Anniversary Tribute
6:00pm reception, California Surf Museum |
 Tix: CSM members $55 | General $75
8:30pm, Grace Theater, Oceanside  |
 Tix: CSM members $25 | General $35
Sun Nov 22Gary Linden Tribute
3:00 p.m. Brooks Theater Oceanside | Tix: CSM members $10 | General $15

Big wave surfer, surfboard shaper and surf contest judge Gary Linden is the first recipient of the "Silver Surfer Award" for his lifetime contribution to surfing and California.  See Gary Linden in two short films El Dia Despues where he surfs big waves in Chile and then watch Gary in Shaping A Life.

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surf fitness camp

when: Sat Nov 21 - all day
where: Manhattan Beach, CA  (SoCAL)
contact: | event page

Join Surf Stronger's special one-day surf performance camp in Manhattan Beach.  A day at the Surf Stronger Camp will give you the knowledge to make you a better surfer. Whether you are getting over the beginner hump, trying to get out of the intermediate rut, or you are looking to fine tune your repertoire, a day with the Surf Stronger Team will get you there.  Surf-specific fitness workouts with Scott Adams, videotape analysis, expert surf coaching with pro Holly Beck, and more.  Call or email for more info:  (805) 403-4231 |

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surf contest

Nov 21-22 - sat & sun

Uncle Dick's Surf Contest -  Linda Mar - Pacifica, CA

Hosted by NorCal Surf Shop, the annual winter contest features both longboard & shortboard events.  Come on out and see some of the Bay Area's top talent and local faces battle it out.  Ent
ries available at the surf shop at 5460 Coast Hwy, Pacifica.  Tel 650-738-WAVE.  

More surf contests

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beach cleanup
nov 21 - sat Save Our Shores Beach Cleanup |  Santa Cruz

Sat Nov 21 | 10-12pm
Moran Lake, Santa Cruz | map
Register for the cleanup

Save Our Shores does regular beach cleanups in Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay.  Please bring sturdy shoes, water, sun block (or rain gear).  Go for a surf and help us clean our beaches!

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