Donald Takayama Memorial. Remembering an Icon of Surfing. Saturday, November 10th at 10:00 am. Oceanside Pier, Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater.

Donald Takayama Memorial – Remembering an Icon of Surfing

When: Saturday, November 10, at 10 a.m.
Where: Oceanside Pier, Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater

It’s time for the surfing community to get together and remember Donald Takayama—the Hawaiian born surfing legend and master surfboard shaper/designer that moved to California in the 1960s and became one of the world’s most celebrated surfboard builders.

This memorial service is open to the public and will have a host of legendary surfers and speakers to share stories about Donald the surfer, the shaper, and friend of the surfing community. Following the speakers at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, surfers will paddle out just beyond the surf line to say their final farewell to Donald. This will also be visible from the pier for those not able to paddle out on a board.

Memorial Schedule:
• 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Music by Takayama family at Amphitheater
• 10:00 a.m. – Speaker ceremony begins at Amphitheater
• 11:30 a.m. – Music and Hula Dancers by Momilani’s at Amphitheater
• 12 p.m. – Paddleout Water Ceremony begins next to pier
• 1:30 P.M. – Open mic begins at Amphitheater

Speakers: Joel Tudor, Nat Young, Paul Strauch, Linda Benson, Skip Frye, Cori Schumacher, members of the Takayama family, as well as Devon Howard, Jeanette Schumacher and Brendan White on behalf of HPD.

See www.hawaiianprodesigns.com for more info or updates, as well as on Facebook at Hawaiian Pro Designs Surfboards.

Media with questions or needing assistance are welcome to contact Devon Howard at dhoward@spyoptic.com.

Donald Takayama and Prue Jeffries. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Donald Takayama and Kelly Sloan. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Left: Donald Takayama and Prue Jeffries. Right: Donald with Kelly Sloan.

California Surf Festival. 4 Days of Surf Movies & More. October 13-16, 2011 in Oceanside, California.

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.

Thursday
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!

Friday
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.

Saturday
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!

Sunday
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.


The 4th Annual California Surf Festival. October 13th-16th in Oceanside, California.

For Immediate Release

Oceanside, Ca (Tuesday, September 27, 2011) 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 Museums’ latest exhibits, attendees and guests are guaranteed to be dazzled by this fun and educational annual event.

Everyone knows that music is an integral component of surf culture so, this year, the festival kicks-off with a salute to the incredibly popular ukulele. Musicians as famous as Sir Paul McCartney and Jake Shimabukuro and millions of amateurs world-wide have embraced the enchanting sound of the ukulele. The festival acknowledges this burgeoning interest and popularity Thursday night, October 13th, screening the documentary “The Mighty Uke”. Following this extraordinary film will be a very special musical performance by 103 year old Hawaiian ukulele wizard Bill Tapia accompanied by Orange County’s own Pat Enos.

The festival continues Friday night with special programming for “Chicks Who Rip Night,” featuring films by, for and about, the ladies of surf. Come join and meet our special guests as we attend the USA premiere of “Oceanides” featuring exciting footage of todays’ hottest women surfers. The California Surf Festival is the first to honor the ladies of surf with such a complete program.

Saturday night the festival gains momentum with the screening of award-winning films including “The Still Point”. A virtual who’s who of surfers attempt to describe and explain their experience of what it is like to be in the still point of the water. Thought provoking insights are provided in exclusive interviews with Skip Frye, George Downing, Jericho Poppler, Mickey Muñoz, Paul Strauch, Tom Morey, Steve Pezman, Jeff Divine, Doc Paskowitz and many more. An exclusive VIP reception follows with another exciting opportunity to meet and mingle with many of these legends including the man who created the ever popular Boogie Board, Tom Morey. The impact and importance of Toms’ unique creation, allowing access to the ocean thrills experienced by surfers and beach-goers alike to the general populace, cannot be overstated.

Once again, events Sunday will be a highlight for closing day. “Big Shorts From Little Groms” features kids 18 and under who are invited to make a short action sports film no longer than 5 minutes. The best films are screened and a celebrity panel of judges will present awards to the filmmakers including an overall Festival Grom filmmaker winner. Fortunate past winners have gone on to be hired as filmmakers by some of the largest surf companies in the world. Also Sunday, the Silver Surfer Award presentation will cap off this year’s festival, with the award going to San Diego’s own legendary surfer and shaper, Skip Frye. Community dignitaries and surf industry peers alike will honor Skip for his overall contribution to surfing. Surfing legends and peers will abound along with photos, film and speaker panels to share Skip’s amazing life. Both events Sunday are free to the public. So, please bring the entire family. Who knows? You may inspire the next greatest surf filmmaker in your family.

With so much to offer, the 4th Annual California Surf Festival guarantees a splendid time for one and all as well as raising much needed funds for the California Surf Museum to continue it’s important work. Mark your calendars now and save the dates!

For California Surf Festival Tickets and/or more info: Call the California Surf Museum @ (760) 721-6876 or visit www.surfmuseum.org

Tickets:
Thursday Oct. 13th: “The Mighty Uke”: $12 members and $15 non-members. Includes reception, movie and concert with Bill Tapia and Pat Enos following the movie. Bring your ukelele!

Friday Oct. 14th: All movies: $8 members and $10 non-members

Saturday Oct. 15th: VIP reception for “The Still Point” at CSM with entertainment by Tom Morey: $25 members and $35 non-members.
All Access Pass: $75 members and $90 non-members. Includes entry to all movies, receptions, VIP reception with Surfing Legends and Special Guests.

Sunday Oct. 16th: “Big Shorts From Little Groms” and Silver Surfer Award presentation to Skip Frye. Free to the public!


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CONTACT:
Boyd Scofield, Media/PR
(808) 780-6988
boydscofield@gmail.com
www.surfmuseum.org

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 located at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054; phone (760) 721-6876 or email csm@surfmuseum.org. Please visit the website at surfmuseum.org. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended hours Thursdays to 8 p.m.