NorCal Edition |   february 20, 2009   

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Ah, we're finally getting around to begin some "remodeling" of Zuna Surf...more on that soon.

Thus far, the winter has brought some great swells, much needed rain, and a slew of surf events over the next 6 weeks.  We're still hoping for some XL swells to come our way, as there's only 1 week left in the Eddie Aikau Invitational's waiting period...and a 5-week window remains for Mavericks

Visit our new Events CALENDAR below for fun happenings over the next 4-5 weeks. With more rain on the way, make plans this weekend to catch all the surf films and the Shark Discussion Panel at the San Francisco Ocean Film Fest, this Friday through Sunday.  See outstanding work from locals Roberto Vezzone, Save The Waves' Will Henry and OB's Sachi Cunningham.

For Feb 28, rock out at The Aquamen's reunion gig. In March, go see Thomas Campbell's new film, The Present, and the Santa Cruz Surf Museum benefit screening of Pat Farley & John Milius'  BETWEEN THE LINES, a Vietnam-era surf story that just won "Best Documentary" at the 2009 X-Dance festival.  No word yet on a local screening of the Slater/Irons film, A Fly In the Champagne (see Surfline trailer 1 & 2)...

Cross-check our updated CONTEST CALENDAR below for your surf session & road trip planning.  Need more sun and bigger waves? Consider surfing down in south towards SLO this weekend and catching Bay Area longboarders competing in Morro Bay's Big, Bad, & Ugly -- which usually lives up to its name. Next weekend,  Feb 28, the WSA's Quiksilver King of the Groms contest takes over at Pleasure Point.

And calling all female surfers to roadtrip! Check out & enter the Cayucos Pier All-Girls Classic on March 7th.

See you in the water and in the screening room!
- Monica & the Zuna Surf crew

A smattering of local snippets, bargains & tips...      

FILM: The Women and The Waves, a new women's surfing documentary by Heather Hudson and Peck Euwer includes Santa Cruz's Zeuf Hesson, Jenny Useldinger, and Ashley Lloyd.  It screens March 12 at the San Luis Obispo International Film Fest.  Heather says to stay tuned for NorCal dates.


BUSINESS BATTLES: While Quiksilver and DC Shoes are rumored to be on the acquisition block, generations of Santa Cruz surfers and old friends are embroiled in a battle over The Santa Cruz Surfing Club trademark. The club shirt, donned by Paris Hilton on Elle Mag way back, helped fuel it. Here's the latest as covered by this week's Metro Santa Cruz.


NEW SURF GEAR:  Not a fan of the dorky look of traditional surf hoods, their inconvenience or how their brims obstruct your view?  Keep your noggin warm in style that the fitted "skater-snowboarder" look of the new Surf Beanie (retail $21.95).  A leash keeps it securely tethered to you and it's versatile for other water sports. The beanie is available in plain black or with a skull & bones logo.  Owner Curt was kind enough to send us one to test out.  Product review coming...


SURF GRUB SCOOP: Post-surf, Santa Cruz locals in the know swing by Pleasure Pizza from 11am to 9pm for its Tuesday $1 deal for a large cheese slices...The SF hangout, JOHN COLINS LOUNGE,  has a new killer Monday happy hour offers $2 domestic beers, $3 draft beers, $4 Guinness & Boddingtons, $5 cosmos, $4 well drinks, and everything else $1 to $2 off.  Note that due to the Transbay project, they plan on moving in 3-6 months to Minna & New Montgomery streets.


Zuna Surf's Swell Events Calendar

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San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

Fri-Sun, Feb 20-22
Rethink the Shark
Saturday, 1pm

Musica Surfica
Saturday, 7 pm
Attack of the Sea Slugs
Friday, 7pm

Tomorrow's Baja
Saturday, 7pm

All Points South
Sunday, 10am
Fri 2.20 through Sun 2.22 | see SFOFF schedule
Cowell Theater,  Fort Mason Center,  SAN FRANCISCO
(415) 345 7575
price: Free Shark Panel Saturday.  Films: $10/program; $60/Fest pass for all 9 programs; Buy here or REI's SF location.

The 6th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival opens this Friday-Sunday (2/20-22) at Fort Mason's Cowell Theater.  These short films cover a vast landscape of ocean-related subjects from science and culture, to surfing and topics like Baja's overdevelopment and the "truth" about Bolinas Lagoon.  Check it out.

Note:  The  3pm free Shark Discussion panel starts immediately after the Shark Program in Rm C260 at Fort Mason – directly opposite Cowell Theatre entrance.

Saturday's 1pm "Shark" Program of 5 films is SOLD-OUT as of 4pm Thursday 2/19, but rush tickets at the door might be available, per the fest director. 

We suggest going to  *FREE* discussion panel follows at 3pm, "Sharks: Mythology and Misconceptions," featuring local shark conservationist and filmmaker David McGuire, the fest's shark filmmakers and renowned scientist Dr. Leonard Compagna from South Africa's Save Our Seas Shark Centre.  Shark films include:

The City of the Shark – World Premiere
watch trailer | (USA), David McGuire, 14 mins
Discover San Francisco Bay's local shark species and the steps that Aquarium of the Bay is taking to study, care for, and protect these animals.

Sharks in Deep Trouble – West Coast Premiere
watch trailer | South Africa), Lesley Rochat, 20 mins
The finning and overfishing of sharks continue to be the rule, not the exception.


Mi Tierra, Mi Vida 
(USA), Roberto Vezzone, 8 mins  | SAT 4:00 PM – PROGRAM 4
When you can see the surf rolling in while you work on your oceanside tropical farmland, not in a high-rise, you have a strong incentive to finish your tasks as quickly as possible. For David Ramos, the land, communally owned for centuries, his family, and the ocean surf are inseparable. A lack of respect for any of them can despoil his world, which, as we are learning, is also ours. (Vezzone did "Carving," a film on SF shaper Danny Hess)

Musica Surfica – USA Premiere
watch trailer  | (Aus.), Mick Sowry, 46 mins | SAT 7:00 PM – PROGRAM 5
Led by violin virtuoso and surfer Richard Tognetti of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Derek Hynd, Tom Carroll and others gather on South Oz's isolated King Island to play classical music and surf finless boards. As a result, two extraordinarily creative forces of free expression merge to make a unique film.

All Points South
watch trailer  | (USA), Will Henry & Sachi Cunningham, 6 mins | SUN 10:00 AM – PROGRAM 6
In a Chilean village, fishermen and local surfers (along with Keith Malloy, Timmy Turner and more) take on a proposed pulp mill that will pollute local fishing, endanger the shoreline, and destroy Cobquecura's world-class waves. This is a trailer to a work in progress by Save the Waves Coalition.

watch trailer | (Australia), Steve Gorrow, 19 mins | SUN 1:00 PM - PROGRAM 7
This black-and-white film juxtaposes some amazing surfing with surreal underwater images of bicycles and modern mermaids, all accompanied by sixties music and Rastafarians gathering above and below the sea.

Opening Bash Sat Feb 21
Exhibit thru Sun Mar 9

Mavericks: Everest of the Seas - Art Opening

 Sat 2.1 Reception: 6-8pm.  Otherwise Thu-Sun, 12-5pm
Coastal Art Gallery, 300 Main Street,  HALF MOON BAY
price: Free

Don't miss the opening night for this big exhibit of "Mavericks' many moods"  from the photographers who've risked their lives to document the wave's drama and the obsessive lifestyle of elite riders.   See images by Doug Acton, Ed Grant, Frank Quirarte, and Don Montgomery, and Aric Crabb.

Join many Mavericks regulars from  6-8pm in Half Moon Bay's Coastal Arts League Gallery.  The exhibit, which is free to the public, runs through March 9.

Wed Feb 25|  Every Wed

Wet Wednesdays at The Riptide

Wed 2.25 | 9pm-2am, every Wednesday
Riptide Lounge, 3639 Taraval at 47th, SAN FRANCISCO
price: No cover

Riptide Events Calendar

Always a fun night of free surf movies and free grub, plus DJs and live bands rotate through regularly.

Tuesday Feb 25
Thursday Feb 27

Park Chalet's Feb Surf Music Lineup - Shitones are back!

park chalet

Ongoing through February
Park Chalet, 1000 Great Highway, SAN FRANCISCO
price: No cover charge for music
more: Map | More Beach Chalet/Park Chalet Surf Music

The much-loved Shitones are back every Thursday in February, 9pm-12am.   Diego's Umbrella, led by San Francisco surfer Michael Pinkham continue to play 6:30pm-9:30pm on their regular Taco Tuesdays night ($2.50 for tacos & beers 2-for-1 margaritas).  Happy Hours are Wed-Fri, 3pm-6pm, featuring $5 menu specials and $3 pints.

Fri Feb 28

The Aquamen at El Rio - a Reunion Rock Show with Special Guests

Fri 2.28 | 9:30pm-12am; Doors open 8pm.
El Rio, 3158 Mission St at Valencia,  SAN FRANCISCO
price: $7, age 21+

El Rio Calendar

Join The Aquamen, the legendary masters of surf-intoxica, for a raucous reunion night of garage/surf/spy/punk rock-ukulele mayhem with their friends.  Infamous for Bacardi-fire breathing, Tiki-torch stage antics, flaming cymbal playing and serious hamming with the crowd, the Aquamen has a fun, hot and sweaty night of aggressive rock n'roll in store for you.  The lineup also includes:

- The Go-Going-Gone Girls -- 60s go-go and twist revue!
- Pineapple Princess -- punk rock ukulele chicks!
- Horror-X -- horrorbilly! The name says it all...

M A R C H 

Sunday Mar 1

Surfrider SAN FRANCISCO - Ocean Beach Cleanup at JUDAH

Sunday 10.1 | 10am-12pm
Judah & Great Highway, Ocean Beach, SAN FRANCISCO
Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.

Surfrider San Francisco | Beach Cleanups

Meet at Ocean Beach - Judah St entrance. We provide all of the necessary cleanup supplies at our cleanups -- all you have to do is show up! Be sure to check our events calendar prior to arriving to ensure there are no last-minute changes. Note that rain cancels any planned cleanups.

Saturday Mar 7

Surfrider SANTA CRUZ - Beach Cleanup at Waddell

Saturday 3.7 | 11am-1pm
Waddell Beach
831-476-7667 Surfrider

Surfrider Santa Cruz | Cleanups


Every first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. we walk a different local beach and clean-up trash. All ages welcome and invited to help. These clean-ups also provide a source of community volunteer work as required of students in many local schools, clubs and colleges.  Please bring sturdy shoes, water, sun block (or rain gear). If you haven't registered for a cleanup before, please do so here.

Sunday Mar 15

Surfrider SAN FRANCISCO - Ocean Beach Cleanup at Stairway 17

Sunday 3.15 | 10am-12pm
Stairway 17,  North Ocean Beach, SAN FRANCISCO
Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.

Surfrider San Francisco | Beach Cleanups

Meet at North Ocean Beach's Stairway 17 entrance. We provide all of the necessary cleanup supplies at our cleanups -- all you have to do is show up! Be sure to check our events calendar prior to arriving to ensure there are no last-minute changes. Note that rain cancels any planned cleanups.

Fri Mar 27- Santa Cruz
Sat Mar 28 - San Fran

The Present - a new thomas campbell film

Fri 3.27 | 7pm and 9pm Screenings  (See 3.28 for San Fran times)
Rio Theatre,  1205 Soquel Avenue  SANTA CRUZ
price: TBD

Rio Calendar | The Present

Thomas Campbell, who brought us The Seedling and Sprout, debuts his third film, The Present, covering modern surfing as it is today. Alongside David Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Chelsea Georgesen, Ry Craike and others, are area locals C.J Nelson, Michel Junod, Danny Hess.  See Mar 28 below for San Fran showings

Sat Mar 28

Between the Lines - A Film Benefit For Santa Cruz Surf Museum

Sat 3.28 | 7:00pm screening.  Door opens 6:00pm
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue  SANTA CRUZ
price: $10.  Buy tix at Zen Trading or O'Neill Surf Shop


Help the Santa Cruz Surf Museum survive and partake in a fun evening of raffle prizes, a film, and more.  

BETWEEN THE LINES,  which recently won "Best Documentary" award winner at the January 2009 X-Dance Film Festival, explores the Vietnam War through the prism of the surfing sub-culture. Narrated by acclaimed writer-director JOHN MILIUS (Apocalypse Now, Big Wednesday), this documentary film offers unique insight into the dramatic effect that the Vietnam War and draft had on young American men who rode waves.

BETWEEN THE LINES delves into the lives of two surfers who chose opposite paths, Pat Farley and Brant Page. Pat Farley, a heavy combat vet and Santa Cruz icon who authored Surfing to Saigon, volunteered for service in Vietnam and was discharged with a full psychiatric pension. Conversely, Brant Page evaded the draft and fled to the surf rich Hawaiian Islands where he was unceasingly pursued and eventually arrested by the FBI.

film screening
Sat Mar 28

The Present - a new thomas campbell film

Sat Mar 28 | 7pm and 9pm screenings
Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th & mission  SAN FRANCISCO
price: TBD


Thomas Campbell, who brought us The Seedling and Sprout, debuts his third film,
The Present, covering modern surfing as it is today. Alongside footage from David Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Chelsea Georgesen, Ry Craike and others, you'll see area locals C.J Nelson, Michel Junod, and Danny Hess captured in this film.


surf contest calendar     contest photo  

A list of upcoming contests in NorCal and other select areas. Plan your surf sessions & travel accordingly.   We welcome event submissions



Feb 21-22, 2009



Big, Bad & The Ugly Surf & Turf Invitational- Morro Bay, CA

The infamous longboard contest, "The Ugly," is the most challenging contest in the Coalition of Surfing Clubs' schedule. Hosted by Estero Bay Surf Club, this "often-a-big-wave" contest includes a golf tourney on day 2 at the Pine Seas Golf Course in Los Osos.  Proceeds benefit Surfrider Foundation, Ride-A-Wave, The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and Project Surf Camp.


Entry: $65;  $30 for Grom/Menehunes | Event info & Forms



Feb 28

2009 King of the Groms USA Qualifier - Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz

The Quiksilver KOG U16 regional events is a 9-stop US “Skins Format” tour where each event winners will be battle for the top 2 spots in a Grand Final on August 22nd, 2009 at in California.  Each KOG offers prize money and  free and entry on a “first come first serve” basis.  Competitors must be born in 1993 or after (94, 95, 96 etc), no exceptions!

The KOG National Grand Final winner and Runner Up will receive an all expense paid trip to the KOG World Championships during the Quiksilver Pro France WCT in September. The top 2 from the National Grand Final will battle it out with 16 other KOG winners from around the globe for a chance to become the King of The Groms Global Champion!

Entry: Free |  Info & to Register: | entry form


March 7


2nd Annual All Girl Cayucos Pier Classic - Cayucos, CA

Hosted by Good Clean Fun Surf Shop, Surfrider Foundation and Cayucos Brewing Company, the 2009 All Girl Cayucos Pier Classic is chock full of
good vibes,  clean waves and fun competition.  Divisions: longboard, shortboard, women's and girls', as well as a special “mother-daughter” division.  7am start.  The Cayucos Pier/Beach provides one of the most beautiful and spectator friendly environments for surfing events.

Fees: $50 adults / $25 for girls 12 & Under.  E
ntry forms, sponsorship & event info:  | Good Clean Fun | 805-995-1993


Mar 14-15


Arden Taylor Surf Benefit - California Street, Ventura

This 10th annual event and benefit for Mike "Fish" Fisher  is hosted at Surfer's Point by the Ventura Surf Club.  Fees: $55 per person / all divisions, Juniors to 70+ Super Legends.  Max 165 contestants. |  Entries & Info


Mar 14-15


PLA Huntington Beach Pro - Huntington Beach Pier, HB

This is both an amateur & pro contest at the HB Pier.  No PLA membership required to compete!  (Typically, all PLA events are Professional Men and Women ASP sanctioned events. Surfers wishing to compete in the pro division and qualify for the WLT, must register on the ASP North America website.  If you wish to compete in the PLA pro division and not become a member of the ASP, or qualify for the WLT, please contact the PLA before the event date.) |  Entries & Info


Mar 21-22



The Second Annual "Sharing the Stoke" Invitational - Rincon

Surf one of the world's best spots with you and your pals.  Hosted by the Groundswell Society, this friendly team-based competition's goal is to recognize and honor surfing organizations, schools, and individuals for their public service record towards enriching the surfing experience of tomorrow's waveriders.  Top team finishes are based on most waves ridden, most waves shared by one or more surfers, and most surfers on shared waves   Each team will have the event surfing area to themselves for one hour.

Entry fee: $250 suggested.  Teams of 10-15 must have at least five surfers under 16 years old; there should be as many wahines (of all ages) as possible; additional adult surfers as necessary. No team invitation?  Apply for a team slot and learn more here.


Mar 25-29


Vans Pier Classic + Ezekiel Pro Junior - Huntington Beach Pier, HB

The Mens & Women's WQS events, plus ASP Pro Jr Grade 1 takeover Huntington Beach.  Keep an eye on Santa Cruz standout Nat Young, who was runner-up in the North American Pro Junior Series.  Event Info.



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