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4th Annual Surf Nite in San Luis Obispo to Honor Aussie and Female Surfers at Historic Fremont Theatre

For Immediate Release

San Luis Obispo, CA (February 22, 2009) — The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) is proud to present its 4th annual Surf Nite in SLO on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00pm with a double feature of two exciting new films, The Women and The Waves, and Under the Sun. Mistress of Ceremonies, Anna Trent Moore, a life-long surfer and daughter of one of the sports greats, Buzzy Trent, will host a lively Q & A with special guests Nat Young, Beau Young, Linda Benson, Cyrus Sutton and Heather Hudson.

The evening will begin with The Women and The Waves, a new short documentary that recently premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival with a sold-out screening. Director/Producers, Heather Hudson and Peck Euwer will be in attendance, along with the legendary, Linda Benson, who was in San Luis Obispo for the 2008 Surf Nite in SLO to help honor 95-year old surf filmmaker, Bud Browne. KPIG Radio's "Zeuf", who is featured in the film, will also be on hand with more special guests expected.

The Women and the Waves is documentary surf film that explores the lives of female surfers who, through the decades, have chosen to paddle head first into the male dominated sport of surfing and found a place of their own. Surfer girls, women who surf, women who don't, female athletes, and the men who love them gain insight into what it's like to "Surf like a Girl!"

After an intermission, 25-year old Cyrus Sutton's new film, Under the Sun, will be featured on the big screen in Blu-Ray. Shot in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, on the Pacific Shore of Australia, it explores the commercialization of surfing subcultures through two opposing surf towns. While the two locations are geographically close their populations have completely different outlooks on life, and this clash is magnified in their respective surf scenes. With creative collages by Sutton, and interviews with Nat Young, Beau Young, Rabbit Bartholomew, Dave Rostovich and others, this film is both entertaining and thought provoking. The legendary Nat Young, the first Australian to ever win a World Title and completely shake up the surf world in 1966 will be in San Luis Obispo, along with his son Beau, a champion long boarder and professional musician. Director Cyrus Sutton will be coming from Southern California. Shea Weber will be in SLO to present a Dewey Weber surfboard in the style that Nat Young rode for years when he was competing. It will be signed on stage by Nat Young and auctioned off that night. Several other special items will be raffled as well.

A surf-themed after-party will follow the Fremont event, in the SLOIFF Headquarters, located conveniently behind the Fremont Theatre at 1021 Higuera St. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served and attendees will have a chance to meet the filmmakers and other special guests, buy autographed copies of Nat Young's books, and hear talented musician Beau Young perform.

Tickets for Surf Nite in SLO are on sale now at and the SLOIFF HQ located at 1021 Higuera St, or by calling (805) 546-3456. Tickets cost $25 ($20 for students and SLOIFF Film Society members). Tickets for the after-party are $15 at the door.

Photos available upon request.

Press credentials will be available for approved media representatives. Please contact: for more information and a press packet.


Wendy Eidson (805) 235-1507
Tim Eidson (805) 801-4050

the women and the waves

The Women and the Waves


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