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THE WESTSIDERS

| posted on October 05, 2010


An eye-opening mixture of surfing innovation and gritty localism documents the rise and fall of “The Westsiders” surf gang through the eyes of three best friends from the original “Surf City,”
Santa Cruz, California. Best friends, Darryl “Flea” Virostko, Shawn “Barney” Barron and Jason “Ratboy” Collins bonded by common tragedy and their love of surfing.  They helped each other through shattered homes, drug addiction, psychological issues and hard-core localism to achieve their dream of becoming professional surfers before the age of 24.
In order to surf the notorious Steamer Lane, they were forced to join “The Westsiders” Surf Gang and go face to face with Vince Collier, aka “The Godfather of The Westside”.  Vince, a massive brute force, ran Steamer Lane with his own version of street justice.  This 90-minute documentary explores how The Westsiders are the latest chapter in the bizarre yet innovative history of Santa Cruz, California.

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