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HEART OF THE SEA Award Winning Documentary on Rell Sunn
Film About Iconic Woman Surfer to Screen in San Diego


Heart of the Sea, Rell SunnWednesday, February. 12, 2009, San Diego, Ca The Rell Sunn Educational Fund Foundation will be screening the multi award winning documentary HEART OF THE SEA by Charlotte LaGarde and Lisa Denker as a special presentation on Saturday, February 21nd 7 pm, in Oceanside, Ca. at the Grace Theater 102 Freeman Street, tickets are $10. HEART OF THE SEA is the life story of Rell Sunn one of the pioneers of the Women’s Professional Surfing Association and she was the first lifeguard on the West Side of Oahu, Hawaii. While Rell was with us she was a familiar fixture in San Diego from Wind N Sea to Oceanside Harbor breaks. For many years she surfed in the Oceanside Longboard Contest and has many surfers of whom she was close to and inspired with her aloha spirit.

Rell Sunn was born in Makaha on Oahu in 1950, and was given the Hawaiian name, Ka-polioka'ehukai, which means Heart of the Sea. Rell guided many young Hawaiians from troubled childhoods into promising careers in surfing through her Menehune Surf Contest. Without her energy and compassion, many of the top Hawaiian professionals, from Kalani Rob, Bethany Hamilton, Carrisa Moore and Sunny Garcia, would likely have ended up not realizing their dreams as a sponsored surfer.

Sunn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1983, at that time her prognosis of live was estimate for only one year. She beat the odds everyday and Sunn continued to surf after her diagnosis, despite the pain and chemotherapy associated with the disease. Rell Sunn died on January 2, 1998 and over 3,000 people attended her memorial service, where her ashes were scattered in the ocean off Makaha. The “Queen of Makaha” continues to touch lives with the traditional Children’s Menehune Surf Contest, now in its 34th year, a contest that assist in raising funds for various environmental, family and children's programs. Rell also has the respect of fellow surfers and waterman for sharing her skills and spirit of aloha in and out of the water.

This special screening will be presented for the first time by the Foundation in San Diego and they have many highlights set for the event. The La Jolla Hulau Heali I’s Polynesian Revue will be performing and L & L Bar B Que will feature the Hawaiian favorite of Spam Musubi. Ira Opper of Opper Sports will share a short film tribute to Rell prior to screening HEART OF THE SEA. In all the evening will be a night of Aloha sharing the life of Rell and her Foundations continuing support to the community of children and surfing.

Tickets may be purchased at or at the door for only $10. The doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm at the Grace Chapel Theater 102 Freeman Street, Oceanside, CA. For more information please visit the Website or call 949-388-1966

A silent auction and opportunity drawing will take place with an amazing array of items donated by some of the who’s who in the surf industry. An Eddie Akau Trophy, movie size poster of Wayne’s World and signed autograph from the actress Tia Carrea, Surfboard by Ned of Home Blown Bio Foam, authentic art from the movie Lilo & Stitch, Primo Beer Beach Cruiser with Surf Rack, Patagonia Wetsuits, Photography from Jeff Devine, other support from Sticky Bumps, Girl In The Curl, Tom Servais, Wade Koniakowsky, Forever Stoked, Nixon Watches and much more.

Towards the end of her life, Rell was approved by many to create a life size bronze statue of her riding the waves in hope to inspire others by her giving spirit. The vision of her in the famous toes-on-the-nose stance on her surfboard, with a Hawaiian sea turtle swimming underneath the wave was then designed by Lynn Liverton. The statue is to be place in her beloved home of Hawaii If you would like to help or seek more information please free to visit the website at


Keiko Beatie
Cinema Paradisio
Events * Curation * Programming* Film
34401 Camino El Molino
Capistrano Beach, Ca 92624


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