NorCal Edition |   march 4,  2009   

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Well, we hope you've had some pretty tasty surf sessions like we have during these past few storms, especially during those glass-off windows in between storm cells rumbling through.

March continues to be a packed month of events...Don't miss today's SF screenings of A Fly In the Champagne, the Kelly Slater-Andy Irons film at the Balboa, tonight at 7pm & 9pm!  Tix $5.   Details & review below.

And ladies, good weather is in the forecast for this Saturday's Cayucos Pier All-Girls Classic.  Slots are still available if you'd like to compete.

In here,  check out our full review of the new Surf Beanie.  Plus, see our updated SWELL EVENTS CALENDAR's newest listings, including:

o Film: A Fly In The Champagne
o Art: Paul Ferraris Photography at the Pizza Place  |  Chris Lundy Exhibit
o Sports: Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival at Steamer Lane - Mar 20-22
o Stage: Point Break Live!

For fans, mark Saturday, April 25th on your calendars for Aqua Surf Shop's Annual Swap Meet!  Read the "Off the Lip" section for news about filmmaker Elizabeth Pepin, musician Chi McClean, chef David Kinch, geophysicist Judith Sheridan, Outside Lands, and more.

 See you in the glass,
- Monica & the Zuna Surf crew

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

Stay tuned for a May art show benefit in SF for
Dear and Yonder, a beautifully shot film coming soon from locals Tiffany Campbell (yes, Thomas Campbell's other half) and Andria Lessler.  The film takes a fresh look at the women leading today's progressive surf scene and sustainable practices, including shaper Ashley Lloyd,  SF's Judith Sheridan, Coco Ho, Kassia Meador and more.  It's U.S debut is slated for July.  In April, check out Paradise Surf Shop for a photo exhibit from the making of the movie.  More soon!


On Sunday, March 15 at 9pm, catch Santa Cruz's David Kinch,  chef and owner of the  two-Michelin-star Manresa in Los Gatos, battles Bobby Flay in "Iron Chef America" on the Food Network. Manresa is hosting a viewing party at 8:30pm at the restaurant.  Wine & beer will be served with passed canapes and cheeses.  Cost: $50pp.  Call 408-354-4330 for reservations.  If you didn't catch the surfing chef's Kinch's photo awhile back with other local surfers in the New York Times Magazine's "The Originals" feature, check it out here.


If you missed Ocean Beach surfer Chi McClean's debut album release bash last night at Cafe du Nord (yes, the Chi who modeled in our last Elements surf fashion show), check out his acoustical-southern-blues-influenced rock music and future gigs here....

Can't wait for the return of the music festival, San Francisco's Outside Lands?  The 2009 show has been announced for August 28-30.


The newest edition of Jetty Girl features an in-depth interview of SC's Ashley Lloyd and her music & shaping career...Also, don't miss out on the recent profiles on Bethany Hamilton (and her notable frontside air shot), plus local icons Elizabeth Pepin Anna Garaway, Julie Cox, Donna von Hoesslin, Kim Mayer, Nikki Brooks, good friends like Pauline Menczer, Mary Osborne and more.

TEST RIDE:  The Surf Beanie

As promised, we gave the new surf hood alternative, the neoprene Surf Beanie (retail $21.95) a test ride recently in our cold NorCal winter waves.   On rainy day at the Hook and a semi-thumping day at Manresa, we loved how very comfortable, soft and snug it was--you hardly know you have it on.  Unlike old-school wetsuit hoods, it was nice to be free of restrictive chin straps, downward pressures on your head, face-squishing cut-outs, view-obstructing brims, and designs that might impinge your hearing.  Made with four-way superstretchy 0.5 mil neoprene, the Surf Beanie felt really natural to wear -- especially if you were former cap-wearing competitive swimmers like us. The simple, but smart lightweight design regulated our body warmth nicely in the water and on land.  For more warmth and protection (especially from winter rain), you can simply pull the Surf Beanie further down over your ears, while getting added security for keeping your earplugs in.

Speaking of security, the Surf Beanie stayed on our heads pretty well in frequent beach break duck-diving.  However, as we experienced, it can occasionally pop off during a large wipeout, especially if your hair is dry underneath.  For those of you who don't have the "cover-your-head" reflex built-in on a wipeout, wearing this beanie will perhaps finally reinforce that hand-to-head habit, as you will initially be more conscious of not losing the beanie.  The beanie does come with a short leash with a small keyring for clipping onto your wetsuit zipper, making it very easy for pulling it on or off while in the water or on land.  Safety-wise, when off your head, the beanie practically lies flat -- a nice bonus for big wave surfers who don't like the liability of having a molded "bucket" hanging on the back of their neck that could potentially catch heavy breaking water, which in some cases, have held surfers down or rendered them immobile -- a dangerous situation.  

Overall, the Surf Beanie is an appealing, hipper, new-school step above regular hoods that could become standard attire in the lineup. Surf Beanie inventor Curt tells us that a number of big wave jet-ski drivers, surf rescue teams, kiters, and snowboarders are starting to wear the product solo as well as even under their helmets. Our only suggested improvements for Curt?  Perhaps consider adding rubberized gripper teeth on the band (like swim caps) for added security and provide a more detailed fitting guide.  While the medium-sized beanie fit us well,  we'd like to test-drive a size small to see the difference.

Lastly, while the Surf Beanie still elicited some chuckles from my surfer-girlfriend,  she and many of our friends all now want their own beanie after testing it it. As they say, 30% or more of your body heat can be lost through your head, so go check it out. At $21.95, it's a better deal than most hoods. -- Brian G.


Zuna Surf's Swell Events Calendar

march 2009

Thursday Mar 7

"A Fly In the Champagne" - Andy Irons & Kelly Slater film

Today, 7pm & 9pm
Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa at 38th ave, SAN FRANCISCO
Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.

Balboa Theater

The much-anticipated film from Irons Brothers production arrives in town, chronicling the Andy Irons-Kelly Slater rivalry.  DVD goes on sale March 15.   | Surfline trailer 2 Review by Evan Slater.  Tickets are $5 at Wise Surfboards or at the Balboa.

Now thru Mar 31

Paul Ferraris Surf Photography at The Pizza Place

Now through March 31st
The Pizza Place,  3901 Noriega at 46th Ocean Beach, SAN FRANCISCO

paul ferraris

Paul Ferraris has just put up a couple dozen framed photographs in the new red room in the Pizza Place on Noriega.  The pictures are a mix of nicely framed surfing and travel pictures from all over the world.  Swing by and check them out!

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.

Saturday Mar 7

Surfrider SANTA CRUZ - Beach Cleanup at Waddell

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

Stage Theater
Friday, Mar 13
Fridays Ongoing

Point Break Live!

Fridays, starting Mar 13 | 9pm
CELL Space, 2050 Bryant, SAN FRANCISCO


"Point Break LIVE!" returns by popular demand to San Francisco's CELLSpace, Friday nights beginning March 13, 2009, at 9:00 p.m.  Called "Hilarious" by, "Point Break LIVE!" tells the story of former College-football-star-turned-FBI-agent, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of the surfing, bank robbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zen-master Bodhi Sattva.

Described by Australia's, as "a cross between reality TV, a play, and all-time classic film 'Point Break,' every show features a new unrehearsed actor (selected from the audience), playing 'Johnny Utah' with the lines read off cue-cards so as to capture Keanu Reeves raw acting talent."  "'Point Break LIVE!' turns out to be a wild ride," and for some, the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' for our generation."

Opening Bash Sat Mar 14 Ongoing thru Apr 12

Chris Lundy at Bergamot Station Art Center

Sat Mar 14 | 6pm-9pm | check gallery for other times
James Gray Gallery, Santa Monica


Don't miss the stunning art by the talented Hawaiian artist, Chris Lundy, who's also done cool work for MTV, Nike and more.

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.
more: 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 -Sun, Mar 20-22

Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival at Steamer Lane

Fri 3.20 - Sun 3.22
Steamer Lane, SANTA CRUZ
price: TBD
more: website

The 23rd Annual fest showcases some of the world's best ocean kayakers at Steamer Lane.  Divisions from Novice to Expert.  Check out the Surf Kayak clinic, too.  Organizers are still seeking volunteers.

Sat Mar 28 - San Fran
Santa Cruz TBD - May!

The Present - a new thomas campbell film

Sat Mar 28 | 7pm and 9pm screenings
Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th & mission  SAN FRANCISCO
price: TBD
more: 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.  * NOTE:  The Santa Cruz showing has been moved from Friday March 27th to a May date.  Stay tuned for an update.

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
more: Rio Calendar | BETWEEN THE LINES

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.

Every Wed

Wet Wednesdays at The Riptide

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.


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



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


Costa Del Mar Pro - Huntington Beach Pier, HB

This is the kickoff for the Professional Longboard Association's series and is both an amateur & pro contest at the HB Pier.  No PLA membership required to compete!  (Typically, all PLA events are 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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