Surf Ladies Represent at San Diego Surf Film Festival

By Liz Bradshaw

It’s a year of firsts for surf film festivals in San Diego, from San Diego Surf Ladies hosted Board Shorts: Short Films by SoCal artists, Inspired by Women to the inaugural San Diego Surf Film Festival taking place this May at Bird’s Surf Shed.

13 feature films and 22 shorts will be screened over the weekend of May 11 – 13th and there are some familiar faces in the line up! San Diego Surf Lady, Hayley Gordon blew us all away with By The Way back in February! At just shy of fifteen minutes long her film is a refreshing look at a crop of talented women surfers with the right amount energy and fun that makes you immediately want to grab your board and run out of the door. Thoughtfully edited with an awesome soundtrack Hayley’s film has gained worldwide attention in the past couple of months with 33k+ views on Vimeo and posts on many a surf site including Surfer Magazine.

By the Way is being screened as part of a triple dose of women’s surfing goodness in a 2 two hour block where you can also see Clare Plueckhahn and Fran Derham’s latest piece So It Goes & much loved feature documentary The Women and the Waves. Australian filmmaker Clare Plueckhahn and Fran Derham’s last piece LunchBreak won ‘best short’ at the New York Surf Film Festival and was featured as a guest ‘global short’ at the Board Shorts Festival. So it Goes contrasts the tongue in cheek high energy of LunchBreak and features 19 year old Billabong surfer Felicity Palmateer exploring her thoughts on life and the pressure she faces as a competitive surfer.

First released in 2009 The Women and The Waves, a documentary by Heather Hudson and features a cast spanning multiple generations of female surfers including the pioneering Linda Benson and professional surfer, shaper & musician Ashley Lloyd. Uplifting interviews and inspiring surfing throughout the film provide a great commentary on what it means to be a wave-loving woman!

Not to be missed over the weekend another film screened at the Board Shorts Festival and chosen by the San Diego Surf Film Festival as an automatic selection is Margaux. Shot and edited by Michael Weybret of Shaper Studios in San Diego Margaux takes us on a beautifully crafted four-minute journey as we watch French surfer Margaux Arramon-Tucoo shape and glide on a recent visit to California.

You can catch Margaux on Saturday May 12th and So it Goes, By The Way and the Women and the Waves on Sunday May 13th, Mothers Day.

Check out more information about the festival, schedule and tickets at

So It Goes. A 5 Minute Short Film Starring Billabong Surfer, Felicity Palmateer.

So It Goes – A 5-Minute Short Film Starring Billabong Surfer, Felicity Palmateer

Billabong surfer Felicity Palmateer is 19 years old and currently ranked no. 19 on the World Qualifying Series. At the age of four her Dad noticed her passion for surfing and encouraged and helped her to follow her dream of becoming a professional surfer.

Having worked hard to make that dream come true Felicity now has to focus on maintaining it. Like any professional sportsperson she is constantly trying to keep her competitive edge – juggling constant travel for contests, training and representing a brand – all in the media spotlight. The steady scrutiny that comes with this isn’t easy. The pressure comes from every angle – especially from herself.

When the pressure of competitive surfing gets overwhelming Felicity takes solace in the one thing she loves most – surfing. Shot on the pristine beaches of Margaret River, WA, this film demonstrates that although people can tell you which way to go, in the end you have to forge your own path.

Presented by the American based Action Sports online TV channel – Inspired TV and produced by internationally awarded film makers CosWeCan, So It Goes gives viewers a little insight into the mind of an elite athlete, what they have to deal with, and how they manage to keep on keeping on.

‘When the going gets tough, I go for a surf – and everything just seems to fall into place. When I’m having a problem I get in the water and seem to find a solution.’ says Palmateer. DOP Clare Plueckhahn hopes ‘that everyone can take something away from this clip, as everyone who is out there trying to make it in whatever field they are in faces challenges daily. This is just a little reminder to never lose sight the things that you love – because in the end that’s the reason why you keep doing what you do.’

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Felicity Palmateer and her father Warrick Palmateer

Additional Resources:
Felicity’s Profile on Billabong
Follow Felicity on Twitter
Felicity Palmateer on Facebook

We’re a team of content creators telling stories through words, stills and film. Clare shoots and I (Fran) write. We both create and produce. At the moment we’re working on a new feature and a couple of short films. If we’re not at our computers, we’re in the ocean, at the movies or on a mountain.

Fran Derham – / +61 (3) 402 257 323 / Fran on Twitter
Clare Plueckhahn – / +61 (3) 422 592 601 / Clare on Twitter

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