The 4th Annual California Surf Festival celebrates the lifestyle of beach-goers and wave riders alike with four exciting, action-packed days October 13th-16th in Oceanside, California. Featuring multi-talented musicians, jaw-dropping surf film premieres plus appearances by today’s top surf pros and legends, this fundraising benefit for the California Surf Museum promises something for everyone.
Whether you rip the waves at your favorite local beach or just enjoy digging your toes in the warm sand and enjoying the view, you won’t want to miss a single event. Now in its 4th successful year, the California Surf Festival highlights surfing’s healthy lifestyle and trend-setting culture. Set against the back-drop of the California Surf Museum’s latest exhibits, attendees and guests are guaranteed to be dazzled by this fun and educational annual event.
Bring Your Mighty Uke Night! With Pat Enos and Bill Tapia in concert.
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 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 a very special musical presentation featuring Bill Tapia and Pat Enos 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!
Chicks Who Rip Night! With appearances by Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson.
Special programming will feature films by, for, and about, the ladies of surf. We will be presenting footage of some of the hottest women surfers on the water today. Mingle with our special guests, be a part of the USA Premiere for the documentary Oceanides, sponsored by Keep A Breast Foundation.
The dynamic Leave A Message is one of the year’s best films showing how the ladies rip. When you watch this film, you’ll be blown away how powerful the women have become in the water. Carissa Moore’s surfing in this film shows why she just may be the number one woman in the world! This is the first surf festival to honor the ladies of surf with a full program.
Surf Theater Saturday. Meet surf photographer Dan Merkel.
This day features a cornucopia of surf films. We start with Chasing the Swell by Sachi Cunningham, featuring the big waves from Mavericks and Puerto Escondido and the amazing surfers who challenge them. Splinters, a top surf film that world-premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, is about the first-ever National Surfing Championship in Papua New Guinea and how it changed the lives of several surfers from the host village of Vanimo.
We welcome the return of the CSF’s first winner of the Big Shorts From Little Groms filmmakers contest, Victor Pakpour. His first feature surf film, Blow Up, shows how this talented grom has become a true surf filmmaker. Surprise Excitement Party will follow, the newest film from Chris Coté, Editor at Transworld Surf Magazine. Coté shows how John John Florence, Mark Healy and Kelly Slater continue to rip it up across the globe.
The day ends with the San Diego Premiere of Doug Walker’s Lost and Found. About four years ago, Doug found three boxes of slides and negatives of surfers at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet in Pasadena, California. A lifelong surfer, he was intrigued and took them home. He recognized images from Surfing Magazine from as far back as 1972. Doug traveled for over three years finding the people as well as the photographers who lived the era and captured beautiful stories which if not told would be LOST. Do not miss Surf Cinema Saturday!
Silver Sunday. With surfer/shaper legend Skip Frye.
The Festival closing day begins with our 4th annual “Big Shorts From Little Groms” filmmakers contest. Kids 18 and under were 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.
The Still Point, by Taki Bibelas, is one of the major award-winning films screening in film festivals this year. This French filmmaker, inspired by the work of T.S. Eliot, asks world pioneer 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!
Closing the Festival will be the annual Silver Surfer Award, this year presented to San Diego’s legendary surfer and shaper, Skip Frye. Come join people from the community and surf industry in 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.
It’s all happening on the big screen in the intimate setting of the Sunshine Brooks Theatre and the Aloha Room. 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside.
Information and Tickets: CaliforniaSurfFestival.com and 760-721-6876
CALIFORNIA SURF FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
* Indicates short film • Doors open 30 mins before screening time. All screenings $8 CSM members / $10 non-members except as noted. Admission to Aloha Room is free with ticket to film screenings. Meet film directors and surfers in the films. On display: art for sale, surfboards and more. Listen to live music by local musicians.
THURSDAY, OCT 13: Bring Your Mighty Uke Night!
Tickets: $12 / $15 • with Community Partner: Guitars In The Classroom
6:30 pm – Mighty Uke reception
7:30 pm – Mighty Uke by Tony Coleman, followed by Bill Tapia and Pat Enos musical presentation
FRIDAY, OCT 14: Chicks Who Rip Night!
with Community Partner: Keep A Breast Foundation
6:00 pm – Chicks Who Rip reception with Keep A Breast
6:30 pm – First Love by Claire Gorman (West Coast Premiere) with: *Eddie by Claire Gorman
8:30 pm – Oceanides by Lorène Carpentier (USA Premiere).
Q&A with Director to follow with: *Leave A Message by Jason Kentworthy and Aaron Leiber
SATURDAY, OCT 15: Surf Theater Saturday
with Community Partner: Surfrider Foundation
1:00 pm – The Physics of Surfing By Passmore Lab
– Ocean Monk by Sanjay Rawal
– Chasing the Swell by Sachi Cunningham
with: *Plastic Tide by Skye Kelly
3:00 pm – Splinters by Adam Pesce and Perrin Chiles
with: *On Board by Dustin Brockman
5:00 pm – Get-N Classic by Vans
Sion Milosky Tribute by Volcom
with: *Hi, I’m Andy Irons by Michael Oblowitz
6:00 pm – VIP Reception for Lost and Found in the Aloha Room
catered by The Fish Joint
Tickets for VIP Reception and film screening: $25 / $35
6:30 pm – Blow Up by Victor Pakpour (CSM’s first BSFLG winner!)
Surprise Excitement Party by Chris Coté
with: *36 Hours in the City by Billabong
8:30 pm – Lost and Found by Douglas Walker (San Diego Premiere)
with: *Beer Can Surfboard by Rich Morrison
and: *Sanded by Tim Ryan
SUNDAY, OCT 16: Silver Sunday
1:00 pm – Big Shorts From Little Groms Free Admission
3:00 pm – The Still Point by Taki Bibelas
with: *The Board Meeting by Maggie Franks
and: *Blue Sway by Jack McCoy
5:00 pm – Silver Surfer Reception and Presentation to Skip Frye. Free Admission.
Schedule subject to change.