Ever wondered what it would be like to hang ten in the frigid waters of Patagonia, or use surfing to reduce crime and poverty? Now through July 31st the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts presents its 3rd Annual Surf Film Festival. The festival offers ten documentaries from famous surf filmmakers like Chris Malloy (180 Degrees South) as well as newcomers like Scott Ditzenberger (Out of Place).
From surfers blazing across the screen in perfect barrels to surf artists discussing their work, each film shares the same heart: the transcendental powers of surfing that lead to longstanding relationships and inner peace. Competition and image have no place in these films. No matter how novice or professional a surfer, we all want one thing in our pursuit of waves: adventure. As founder of Patagonia Yvon Chounaird puts it in 180 Degrees South, "Adventure is one of those words that's overused. Real adventure starts when something goes wrong." Many of these stories would not exist had it not been for a mistake, disaster, or barrier of some kind.
Whether you are visiting Oahu for the first time or have lived here all your life, this festival offers everyone appreciation and greater understanding of Hawaii's favorite sport.
Below is a list of films playing between now and the end of the month. General admission is $8.50 for most films.
July 14th and 30th at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Gum for My Boat
Hawaii-based nonprofit Surfing the Nations goes to Bangladesh to start a surf club for street kids. This film shows how surfing is more than just fun and waves.
July 14th and 30th at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Fiberglass and Megapixels
This film is about photographers and surf filmmakers on the North Shore. This award-winning film shines light on what it takes to catch an "epic shot."
July 15th and 24th at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Fire
This film follows professional surfer Mike Stewart through his life's journey as a waterman.
July 15th and 24th at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Hanging Five: Five Surfers-Five Artists
Contemporary artists discuss how surfing inspires their artwork.
July 16th and 17th at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Waveriders
Famous daredevils Kelly Slater, the Malloy Brothers, and more test the boundaries of surfing from Ireland to Hawaii.
July 20th at 1,4, and 7:30 pm: Lost Prophets
Professional surfers take a break from competition and explore the true meaning of surfing.
July 21st at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Out of Place
Cleveland surfers are so wave-hungry that they will brave the nearly-freezing, polluted water of Lake Eerie. Many of these surfers once lived in Hawaii, California and Florida, and are devout surfers for life, no matter their location. This film explores a sense of community found in surfing.
July 22nd at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Innermost Limits of Pure Fun
Made in 1968, this story reveres the origins of short-boarding and virgin California surf breaks before the sport gained popularity.
July 23rd at 1 and 7:30 pm: Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables
Watch 2 years of action-packed longboarding and shortboarding on all types of boards. Hawaii, Australia, California, Mexico, and Indonesia play host to the thrill-seekers in this film.
July 23rd at 1 and 7:30 pm: You Scratched My Anchor
Similar in theme and style to Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables, this film takes place on the East and West coasts of the U.S.
July 27th at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm, and 28th at 1 and 4 pm: Somewhere Near Tapachula: 54 Mexican Kids, 37 Surfboards, 2 Australian Parents
A couple from Australia started an orphanage and taught their kids to surf. These children value surfing as much more than a hobby. All proceeds from the show benefit Mission Mexico Children's Refuge.
July 28th at 7:30 pm: The Oxbow Waterman Experience
Big-wave riders such as Laird Hamilton journey around the Pacific during the El Niņo winter of 2009. Surfing stars walk the adrenaline-filled line between life and death, and can't seem to get enough of it.
July 29th and 31st at 1, 4, and 7:30 pm: Wake Unto Blue
Creator Anna Trent Moore compiled 1950s and 60s surf footage for this commemorative and thought-provoking piece on surfing before it was glamorized.