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California Surf Festival: Festival Films and Concerts to Highlight This Cultural Event

| posted on November 05, 2009

Oceanside, CA, – FUEL TV presents The 2nd Annual California Surf Festival on November 19-22 in Oceanside, California. The Festival, produced as a benefit by the California Surf Museum (CSM) in Oceanside, will include exciting and groundbreaking new surf films with many of the filmmakers in attendance, film premieres, music concerts, VIP receptions, after party events, meet and greet with filmmakers, book signings, and special art and history exhibitions.

The centerpiece of this year’s festival will be a retrospective honoring “50 Years of Surfer Magazine: The Making of An Icon” on Saturday, November 21st.
Past publishers and editors of the magazine will be in attendance and tributes from the surf industry are scheduled for them. Surfer Magazine is the longest running and most significant publication in its field.

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will be perform at the festival on Friday, November 20th. Hailed as the “Eddie Van Halen of Ukes,” Jake played to a sold-out audience this past April at a benefit for CSM. Jake’s latest music serves as the soundtrack to Dana Brown’s new film HighWater, documenting life on the North Shore during the prestigious Triple Crown of Surfing.
HighWater will also screen at the festival.

An exciting new component this year is the “Hot Grom Shorts Contest”. Kids
19 years and under are invited to submit a five minute surf film to compete during the festival. Special prizes will be awarded to the talented young filmmakers, as well as showings on the big screen for friends and family to enjoy.

World champion surfer Australian Nat Young will give a presentation and have a book signing on Thursday, November 19.

Renowned photographer Clark Little, whose photographs of Hawaii’s North Shore have astonished surfers and non-surfers alike, presents a photo exhibit and book signing hosted by CSM on Thursday, November 19th as well.

Ticket prices for the Festival are $10-$75; $8-$55 for CSM members. An All Access Pass to the Festival will allow entrance to all events, all film screenings and both VIP receptions for only $225; CSM members pay only $150.
Tickets are now on sale at www.surfmuseum.org, www.californiasurffestival.com and at the California Surf Museum.

To submit a film for consideration, please visit www.withoutabox.com for more information or email Keiko Beatie, Festival Programmer, at keikobeatie@gmail.com. Details on the “Hot Grom Shorts Contest” are available at www.californiasurffestival.com.

The California Surf Festival will take place in downtown Oceanside at the Grace Theater (Grace Chapel), 102 N. Freeman Street, the Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, and the California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View Way.

Funds raised from the California Surf Festival will assist the California Surf Museum in its growth and outreach to the community. The California Surf Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, Calif. 92054; (760) 721-6876; www.surfmuseum.org. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission.