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SurfNRG East Coast Summer Tour

| posted on July 22, 2010

 

SurfNRG has announced the release of their 11th volume to the award winning video series produced by SURFER Magazine Senior Staff Photographer Kevin Welsh. SOLAR ENERGY will premiere on the big screen at twenty-two locations along the East Coast of the U.S. and include live performances by Roots Recording artists "Boxelder". Segments from the Surfer Magazine/OP PRO Boat Trip Challenge video will also be shown throughout the evening and plenty of give-a-ways from the tour sponsors are planned for the summertime events as well.

The 2002 SURF NRG EAST COAST SUMMER TOUR kicked off August 14th with an outddoor showing at Da Kine Diego’s "Bamboo Theatre" in Satellite Beach, Florida. Later that evening the show resumes at the STORM CLUB in Cocoa Beach featuring live performances by Roots Music recording artists "Boxelder", "Doorway 27" and "Freeflow Conspiracy" along with special guests "Pepper". The tour then heads north through the coastal towns of St. Augustine and Jacksonville before leaving the Sunshine State for the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and to as far north as Mantoloking, New Jersey. The tour returns to Florida in mid-September concluding in Orlando with blowout shows at the House of Blues and The Social during Surf Expo tradeshow weekend.

The SURF NRG EAST COAST SUMMER TOUR has become synonymous as a fun social gathering for surfers of all ages. Since its inception in 1991 SurfNRG has produced one video program per year and has toured with it to audiences along the East Coast as far as Miami to Rhode Island.

Producer and promoter Kevin Welsh comments, "My intentions since my very first show was to restore the vibe from 70′s and 80′s while growing up surfing in Cocoa Beach when the latest surf movie would pack out the Surfside Playhouse. When I released my first video, SurfNRG vol. #1, back in ’91 I decided to premiere it at four venues within my home state of Florida. The opening show was at the now defunct Brassy’s Night Club in Cocoa Beach. Here’s my name on the marquise and no one’s showing up except my Mom, Dad and older brother. It was pretty scary at first. All of a sudden a rush of surfers packed into the club where they hooted and hollered for over an hour to footage I had then recently shot of the epic Halloween Swell. RC’s in Satellite Beach was goin’ off ! Charlie Kuhn had a ride for over a minute in some of the biggest surf I’ve ever seen in Florida. Matt Kechele towed in (something really new at the time), Jeff Crawford took off way back, Bill Hartley rode a 9’1" – and that swell became major East Coast history."

Eleven years later the SurfNRG East Coast Summer Tour still packs them in and keeps them hootin’ and hollerin’ at footage Welsh compiles as he travels aro und the world with an elite crew of surfers in search of the perfect wave.

SOLAR ENERGY – The Movie
Videographer Kevin Welsh is no stranger to photographing the world’s best surfers in some of the world’s most exotic locations. Outside of editing and shooting the majority of the video footage to the SurfNRG series Welsh also travels the world as a Senior Staff Photographer for SURFER Magazine – the leading publication in the surfing industry. One of Kevin’s recent assignments which is also documented in SOLAR ENERGY was this past June on a boat trip through the Mentawai Islands off Sumatra in Indonesia. His destination was exactly halfway around the world to a Muslim populated country in Southeast Asia.

"The two and a half days of flying time getting to Indo was quite grueling but once we boarded the boat and smelled the salt spray off the Indian Ocean we knew we were in for a surf trip of a lifetime" comments the veteran photojournalist and video maker.

That night the crew onboard the "Nusantara" journeyed 126 miles across open ocean swell and reached their first destination on the south end of the Mentawai Island chain.
Welsh describes the arrival, "Waking up to the sight of perfect, ruler-edged lefts was like living in a dream. The set-up of the reefs, the open window to the southern-hemi swells, the sunny weather with blue water and the pure solitude of the place makes it one of the most magical surfing paradises I’ve ever experienced."

The boat Welsh and his crew chartered was a newly documented 62′ power catamaran custom designed solely for surf charters in the wave-rich Mentawais.
Onboard were state-of-the-art electronics including high-end GPS’s, Doppler radar along with modern day luxuries including a Sony Flat Screen TV w/ Playstaion and DVD in surround sound. Two diesel generators powered the vessel when needed , which was usually at night to watch movies and to run a couple of air conditioners that chilled the inside cabin. The crew rarely ventured outside at night in fear of being bitten by the potentially malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

One of the crew joining Welsh and his toolbox of hi-tech documentary camera gear to the Mentawais included 14 year old grom Adam Wickwire of Satellite Beach, Florida. Wickwire was recently named the #1 surfer aged 14 and under in Surfer Magazine’s special "Hot 100" issue and for good reason. Not only is Adam a three-time National Amateur Champion he’s also known by many of the current top professionals as one of the most promising talents to follow in the footsteps of Kelly Slater and the Hobgood twins.

"He totally blew minds in Indo surfing way beyond his years", comments Reef Team Captain Jeremy Saukel who’s watched Wickwire progress over the past several years. Also onboard were 15 year old Gulfcoast surfer Sterling Spencer, New Jersey pro-star Ryan Kimmel, California’s 18 year-old Travis Mellem along with seasoned pro and REEF team manager Jeremy Saukel.

Aside from the incredible surfing footage SOLAR ENERGY also captures the cultural ambience of the local Katiek Village tribe. While anchored off the island of Sipora surfing a reef break named "H.T.’s (Hollow Trees) the natives paddle up alongside the "Nusantara" in their hollowed out canoes in hopes of selling some of their hand carved wooden sculptures. After the crew onboard the Nusantara exchange "rupia" (the local currency) for some crafts Wickwire and Saukel test their skills in archery which makes for a rather humorous section in the video.

Another section in SOLAR ENERGY highlights the Olympio Pro Classic Surfing Event staged at the infamous surf break"Soup Bowl" on the East Coast of Barbados. Seventeen years ago Welsh journeyed to Barbados for his first time with a crew that included grommets (surfer slang for young surfers) Sean and Kelly Slater. Twenty something trips later to the island Welsh focuses his lens once again upon the Slaters as well as some of the top surfers from the East Coast and Caribbean. Welsh explains, "I was surprised to see that Kelly blew off the first event of the North Shore season to compete with all his long-time buddies down in Barbados. It was definitely a fun event for him from the moment he paddled out for his first free surf session at Soup Bowl to the moment he popped open the congratulatory bottle of champagne and sprayed the audience celebrating his win".

Also included in the SOLAR ENERGY is an interview with current A.S.P. World Surfing Champion CJ Hobgood, also from Welsh’s hometown of Satellite Beach, Florida. SurfNRG cameras were rolling on the North Shore of Hawaii this past winter prior to and up to the moment CJ was crowned the ASP World Champ. It was a fairy-tale finish for the elder of the top-rated Hobgood duo, which includes CJ’s twin brother Damien who finished ninth overall and was the previous years recipient of the "ASP Rookie of the Year Award". The final event of the ASP Tour which decided who’d become World Champion was staged at Sunset Beach. In a nail-biting finish it was one of the ecstatic champs closest friends, Ben Bourgeois of North Carolina, that inevitably deciphered the fate of the years #1 rated surfer. "I love Benny", yelled CJ to the crowd as Bourgeois took down Mark Occilupo then Danny Wills giving CJ the World Championship title.

THE SOUNDTRACK
Touring with the mo vie as well as being featured on the soundtrack to SOLAR ENERGY are the sounds of "Boxelder". Their style of music is a blend of ska, raggae and alternative that permeates an upbeat and positive vibe. Their music can be heard on the previous SurfNRG release entitled "XS ENERGY" as well as MP3′s on their websites at www.boxelder.com and www.rootsmusic.com. Other bands featured on the soundtrack to SOLAR ENERGY and making special guest appearances at select locations on the SURF NRG TOUR will include Doorway 27, Indium, Freeflow Conspiracy, Chad Jasmin and Re-Form.

THE SPONSORS
Sponsors of this years tour include SURFER Mag, OP, REEF, Smith Sport Optics, WRV Surfboards and Wet Dreams Surf Accessories. Plenty of give-a-ways will be tossed out or raffled at each of the shows.


– The Schedule -


August 2002

Aug. 14th
Da Kine Diego’s
Bamboo
Theatre
Satellite Beach, Florida

Video Showing Only
Time: 8 p.m.
Ages: All Ages

WRV Surfboard
Giveaway

Aug. 14th

Storm Club
900 N Atlantic
Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL
Phone: (321) 784-4811

Bands: Boxelder
Freeflow
Conspiracy

Pepper
Doorway
27

Time: 9:00PM
Ages: 18+

Aug. 15th

Rip Tides
321 A1A Beach Blvd
St
Augustine, FL
Info: (904) 471-8566

Bands: Boxelder
Doorway
27
 

Time:9:00PM
Ages: 18+

Aug. 16th

Freebird
200 N 1st St
Jacksonville
Beach, FL
Info: (904)246-2473

Bands: Boxelder
Doorway
27

Chad Jasmine

Time:9:00PM
Ages: ALL AGES

Aug. 17th

Surfside Night Life
510 Highway 17 N Next
to Bowling Center
Surfside Beach, SC
Info: (843)
238-2695

Bands: Boxelder
Doorway
27


Ages: ALL AGES
Time:
8:00PM
Aug. 18th

Windjammer
1008 Ocean
Blvd
Isle Of Palms, SC
Info: (843) 886-8596

Bands: Boxelder
Doorway
27
 


Ages: ALL AGES
Time:
8:00PM
Aug. 19th

Kefi
2012 Eastwood Rd
Wilmington,NC
28403
Info:(910) 256-3558

Bands: Boxelder

Time: ALL AGES
7:00PM
21+ 9:00PM

Aug. 22nd ECSC Beach Party
The Main Stage on the
Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
Bands: Boxelder

Ages:
ALL AGES
Time: 6:00PM

Aug. 23rd

Twin Fins
Mile Post 40 HWY
12
Rodanthe, NC 27968
Info: (252)987-1500

Bands: Boxelder

Ages:
18+
Time: 9:00PM

Aug. 24th

Outer Banks Brewery
Mile Post 8.5 on the
Big Road
Kill Devil Hills, NC
(252)449-2739

Bands: Boxelder

Ages: 21+
Time:
9:30PM

Aug. 25th

The Attic
415 Atlantic Ave
Va Beach,
VA 23451

Above Watermans

Bands: Boxelder

Ages: 21+

Time: 9:00
pm

WRV
Surfboard Giveaway

Aug. 27th

Mellow Beach Sunset Bar
46th St. In The
Bay
Ocean City, MD 21842
Info:(410)524-7421

Bands: Boxelder

Time: ALL AGES
8:00PM
21+ 10:00PM

Aug. 29th

The Ketch Bar & Restaurant
529 Dock
Rd
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Info:(609) 492-3000

Bands: Boxelder

Ages 18+
Time:
10:00PM

 
September 2002
 
Sept. 1st

Caf La Playa
287 State Highway 35
N
Mantoloking, NJ
Info: (732) 892-7170

Bands: Boxelder
Seven
Minds

Time: 8:30 PM
Video
First

Sept. 5th

Bubba Mack Shack
520 Bay Ave
Somers
Point, NJ
Info: (609) 926-7575

Bands: Boxelder

Time: 6:00PM All
Ages
11:00PM 21+

Sept. 6th

Heritage Pro/La Costa
40th & Landis
Ave
Sea Isle City, NJ
Info: (609) 263-1111
Bands: Boxelder

Time: 7:00PM All
Ages
outside at tent

10:00PM 21+ Only
Inside
Club

Sept. 12th

Rip Tides
321 A1A Beach Blvd
St
Augustine, FL
Info: (904) 471-8566

Bands: Boxelder
Indium

Ages: 18+
Time: 10:00PM

Sept 13th

Fuel
640 N Grandview Ave
Daytona
Beach, FL
(386) 248-3151

Bands: Boxelder
Re-Form
Age: All Ages
Time: 7:30 – 11:30PM
Sept. 13th

Surf Cafe
395 NE Spanish River
Blvd
Boca Raton, FL
Info: (561) 392-1965

Bands: Indium
Doorway 27

Sport

Age: All Ages
7-9,
21+ after 9

Sept. 14th

Rays Downtown
519 Clematis St
West
Palm Beach, FL
Info: (561) 835-1577
Bands: Boxelder
Doorway
27
 
AGE: 18+ with possibility of all ages
early
Sept. 19th

Orlando Rocks!
House Of
Blues
1490 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL
Info:
(407) 934-2583

Bands: Boxelder
Freeflow
Conspiracy

Indium

Giant FREE Blowout
Email us for
your tickets at surfnrgvid@earthlink.net

21 & up Free with a band ticket , $3 for under 21 with

a band ticket

$5.00 (without a band ticket)

ALL
AGES Show

Doors 8:30pm Show 9:00pm

Sept. 21st

The Social
Details Soon
Bands: Indium
Boxelder
Freeflow
Conspiracy

Ages: 18+
Time:
9:30PM