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.

Groundbreaking “Women On Waves” Exhibit Closing in Two Weeks, Special Discount Offer for California Surf Museum Visitors

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JettyGirl: At last year's ribbon-cutting for the Women On Waves exhibit, many of the most famous female surfers in history showed up for the grand opening. Does anything particularly special stick out in your mind from that night? Julie Cox: We had a ribbon cutting in March and a Gala in June. Each event was really really special... With the ribbon cutting we were working up to the wire, pulling 16 hour days to get everything installed, and hanging photos a few minutes before cutting the ribbon. Once the exhibit opened, everyone really liked it, so that was a relief. So many amazing women in the exhibit showed up to help cut the ribbon... Gidget, Linda Merrill, Linda Benson, Joyce Hoffman, Prue Jeffries, Kristy Murphy, Jennifer Smith, Jeannette Prince, Cori Schumacher, Debbie Beacham, Cher Pendarvis, Ashley Lloyd, Carla Rowland, Eve Fletcher, Donna Matson, just to name a few! It was fun watching the different generations talking, meeting each other, and taking photos together. Women featured in the exhibit brought family members along, it was a proud moment for many. My mom was there too, helping set-up, taking photos, etc. My co-worker, Sam played vintage vinyl on the turntables, the energy was amazing. Speaking with Joyce Hoffman that day was a highlight for me. Hearing about the first time she surfed Pipeline and hearing about her competitive side back then. Meeting her parents and seeing her smile when she saw her section of the exhibit was a great feeling. You could tell she was proud and had a good time seeing everyone. The 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala was awesome, again, because so many of the legends of today and yesterday were at the museum. I am here everyday, but to have all of the people I look up to and admire come to me, was killer! Lisa Andersen, Frieda Zamba, Maya Gabiera, Courtney Conlogue, Keala Kennelly, Kassia Meador along with many of the ladies who were at the ribbon cutting came for a night to re-celebrate the exhibit. Linda Merrill, Eve Fletcher, Donna Matson, Debbie Beacham and Courtney Conlogue. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.
Group photo of legendary female surfers. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.  Maya Gabeira, Courtney Conlogue, Gidget and Keala Kennelly. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. JG: There's an Ashley Lloyd-shaped board in the exhibit that's been signed by the best of the best in women's surf history. When the exhibit closes, what will happen to that board? JC: The California Surf Museum board of directors agreed to commission Ashley to shape a special Women On Waves exhibit surfboard to auction at our fundraising Gala, but once we began acquiring signatures, we decided it was too special to let go of. CSM will keep it for our permanent collection to display again in the future and continue getting autographs. JG: Since you've walked the halls of the exhibit virtually everyday for the past year, you surely must have a favorite item or two. What would the item(s) be and why? JC: First, the Mary Jane beaver tail wetsuit from the 1960s. The style is so cute, I wish someone would make something like that today. Second, there is a 1950's balsa board made custom for a woman named Donna Matson. I got to pick it up from her house in LA when we interviewed her and the board felt so at home under my arm. Finally, we have one of Rell Sunn's boards on display. She chose the cloth that is inlayed in the glass and had it made into a single fin after it was a 2+1. That board is very special and is one of my favorite things in the exhibit. There are many photos that I really like in the exhibit too. Bethany Hamilton exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.JG: When you overhear visitors talking as they walk about the exhibit, is there one particular item that visitors seem to gravitate towards? JC: When visitors first enter the exhibit, they gravitate toward the first swim suit examples on display. The first suit from the early 1900's is cumbersome, heavy, and looks very hard to surf or swim in. They love the cute suits from the 1930's and 1940's. But as soon as visitors see the shark bitten chunk out of Bethany Hamilton's board, they are drawn to that and can't believe they are looking at the actual board. JG: Which era represented in the exhibit was the most difficult to gather items for and why do you think that is? JC: We are lucky to have an enormous network of surfers and collectors who helped make the hunt for items go smoothly. But we really wanted to show the evolution of the women's swim suit fashion and our 1900's, 1930's and 1940's were weak. I just think we never came across the earlier suits and never expressed the need for them until this exhibit. Roxy helped us by allowing us to buy 5 vintage suits we found online. Once the exhibit is over, the suits will go into the Roxy archives. JG: If you could time travel to any era represented in the exhibit, which one would it be and why? JC: I'd like to have surfed in the late 1950's- 1960's. It would have been fun to be a part of the surfing boom when spots were being discovered, opportunities for surfers were just beginning, and boards were getting lighter and better. Surfing was still a rebel's sport and lifestyle and the culture was really being shaped. Linda Benson exhibit for Women On Waves. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Rell Sunn exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.Lisa Anderson exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Wahines. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. JG: It's quite possible that there will never be a collection of women's surf history in one place like this again. Do you have any plans for the exhibit to live on in some form? JC: We researched and thought hard about having the WOW exhibit travel, but decided against it because of the precious items we have on loan, the cost it would take to insure the items, and the time and cost in manpower to oversee the operation. We're going to make a book out of it instead. So much of the hard work is already done, it would be irresponsible of us to let it all disappear. JG: What's up next for the California Surf Museum? JC: The board of directors have at least 4 exhibits in the works which will be installed late February through May in different phases. We're working on a 25 years of the California Surf Museum exhibit which will showcase some of the items that have been donated over the past 25 years. We're going to do an exhibit about the transition years 1966-72 when longboards went short. We'll integrate politics, culture, music, etc from that time period. To compliment surfing's transition years, we'll do an exhibit about skateboarding's transition years which were the early 1970's to circa 1975. We'll include some clothing and shoes as well-it is always fun to include a bit of fashion and style. We're also installing a permanent exhibit which will showcase 100 years of surfing and include examples of the prominent boards, fashions, and figures of each era. I will help out where I can in all of this but the lead is really being taken by Larry Balma, Guy Motil, Dale Smith, Jim Kempton, Tara Torburn, Jane Schmauss, and Ric Riavic. Debbie Beacham, Jericho Poppler, Cher Pendarvis and Jane Schmauss. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Carla Rowland. Photo courtesy of California Surf Museum. Jane Schmauss and third grade class field trip. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Debbie Beacham, Frieda Zamba, Keala Kennelly, Jennifer Smith. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Linda Merrill. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Margo Oberg exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Lisa Anderson signs the Women On Waves exhibit surfboard. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Joyce Hoffman exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Frieda Zamba signing the Women On Waves exhibit board. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Early days. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Donna Matson. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Big wave exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Keala Kennelly signing the Women On Waves exhibit board. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Gidget and Linda Benson. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.
Photo Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF THE CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM Special Thanks: Props to Julie Cox for her assistance with this story and for her dedication to the promotion of women's surfing through her work at the California Surf Museum. For those of you who may not be aware of this, Julie has collaborated with talented shaper, Jed Noll, on a line of surfboards specifically designed for female surfers. Check out the Jule Collection of surfboards here!