The 4th Annual California Surf Festival
Oceanside, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 – The 4th Annual California Surf Festival will be a celebration of surfing that features premiere films, great music and a star-studded cast of legends and pros. For four days (October 13-16) the California Surf Museum puts on this extravaganza of surf, producing a diverse array of events to satisfy both surfer and non-surfer alike. A fundraising benefit for the California Surf Museum, the California Surf Festival highlights surfing’s lifestyle and rich culture.
An important part of surf culture is the music, and what better way to start off the Festival on Thursday night than with the iconic ukulele, which has captivated surfers through the years? The documentary The Mighty Uke will share the amazing phenomenon that the ukulele is taking over the world, one pluck of the strings at a time. We have planned a very special musical presentation following the screening – bring your uke along! You’ll learn that this fun and charming instrument has heart and soul and, most importantly, transcends boundaries. This is one instrument that always puts a smile on your face!
Friday night will be a special programming for “Chicks Who Rip Night,” featuring films by, for, and about, the ladies of surf. Mingle with our special guests, be a part of the USA premiere for Oceanides and watch footage of some of the hottest women surfers on the water today. This is the first surf festival to honor the ladies of surf with a full program — and once you see the ladies rip, you’ll know that this is only the beginning of women in the water.
Showing Saturday night, one of the major award-winning films screening in film festivals this year is The Still Point by Taki Bialeas. This French filmmaker, inspired by the work of T.S. Eliot, asks a cornucopia of surfers about their experience of what it is like to be in the still point of the water. The answers are insightful and thought provoking. Interviews with Mickey Muñoz, Tom Morey, Paul Strauch, Skip Frye, Jericho Poppler, Steve Pezman, Jeff Divine, Doc Paskowitz, George Downing and many more, have made this film intriguing and in demand!
Again this year, “Big Shorts From Little Groms” will be a highlight on closing day. Kids 18 and under are invited to make a short action sports film no longer than 5 minutes. The best films will screen and a panel of judges will present awards to the films, with an overall Festival Grom filmmaker winner. Lucky winners in the past have gone on to be hired by some of the largest surf companies in the world, with their job making films. What an awesome way to get a job — and cool prizes too!
On Sunday, the Silver Surfer Award presentation will take cap off this year’s Festival, with the award going to San Diego’s legendary surfer and shaper, Skip Frye. We’ll have many people from the community and surf industry honoring Skip for his contribution to surfing through the years. It will be a who’s who of surfing at this event — with photos, film and speakers to share Skip’s amazing life.
With premieres, receptions, special guests, excited groms, chicks who rip and Skip Frye, the 4th Annual California Surf Festival will have something for everyone, and we hope to see you there! Tickets are available online at www.californiasurffestival.com. General screenings are $10 and $8 for members of the California Surf Museum. The Mighty Uke is $15 and $12 for members of the California Surf Museum. The All Access pass is $90 and $75 for members of the California Surf Museum. There will be a VIP reception for the film The Still Point at the California Surf Museum; ticket prices are $35 and $25 for members of the California Surf Museum. For more information please call the California Surf Museum at (760) 721-6876.
Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center for the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The California Surf Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054; phone (760) 721-6876 or email to:firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the website at www.surfmuseum.org. Open daily 10am-4pm with extended hours Thursdays to 8pm.
CALIFORNIA SURF FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
All screenings and receptions at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13
“Bring Your Ukulele Night”
6:30 Might Uke reception at the Aloha Room at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre
7:30 The Mighty Uke
8:30 Bill Tapia and Pat Enos musical presentation
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
“Chicks Who Rip Night” with Keep A Breast
Community non-profit: The Keep A Breast Foundation
6:00 Chicks Who Rip reception with Keep A Breast at the Aloha Room
8:30 Leave A Message
9:00 Oceanides – World Premiere
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
1:00 Lost & Found – West Coast Preimere
3:00 Splinters – San Diego Premiere
5:00 Chasing the Swell – Southern California Premiere
6:00 VIP Reception for The Still Point at CSM, with entertainment by Tom Morey
8:30 The Still Point – San Diego Premiere
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
2:30 Big Shorts From Little Groms
4:00 Festival Awards Presentation
4:30 Silver Surf reception at the Aloha Room
5:30 Silver Surfer Presentation to Skip Frye
CONTACT: Julie Cox