It’s no secret that late September is an epic time of year to be on the Northern California coast. Summer crowds ease up a little, the weather tends to cooperate, and all manner of swell pumps through. With the fourth annual Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival set to run September 29 & 30, 2017 at the Rio Theater, yet another reason to indulge in the area presents itself.
According to their website, the “Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival is a tribute to the arts of waveriding and filmmaking. We strive to spread the stoke that we get from surfing, bringing together surfers, filmmakers and ocean enthusiasts to share stories, ideas and history in one of the most beautiful surf towns in the world.”
As might be expected from a population that prides itself on eclectic taste and expression, the line-up of films is varied and deep. From poetic perspectives on the surf experience, to bios on risk taking industry professionals, to philanthropic cross-cultural adventure, there’s a wide range of subject and theme. Some of the headlining selections include The Church of the Open Sky, One Shot – An Image And An Attitude, Secrets Of Desert Point, The Endless Winter II: Surfing Europe, Blue Road, and Positive Vibration – A Surfboard Drive For Jamaica. Check out the following trailers for further inspiration.
Church of the Open Sky by Nathan Oldfield is visual ode to cultural exploration, surf travel, and those who express a deep appreciation for life.
One Shot – An Image And An Attitude focuses in on Russell Ord, a surf photographer who attempts to chase down the superlative image.
Secrets Of Desert Point documents the discovery and ensuing history of an iconic surf spot in Indonesia.
Positive Vibration follows Dane, Tanner, and Patrick Gudaskaus on their quest to increase the national surfboard supply and reciprocate good vibes in Jamaica.
Like most great surf film festivals there’s more than just movies to get excited about. The first 200 people at every showing are guaranteed a goodie bag, and everyone who attends is entered for a chance to win swag from the event’s featured sponsors.
Tickets for all screenings at the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival are now available at this website. General admission is $16 for adults and $10 for groms under 12. All-screening passes cost $50.
The Rio Theater is located at 1205 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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featured photo from: One Shot – An Image And An Attitude