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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rockaway Beach: Surfing & Film Festival

I have no fun photos but, I do have the memories and sore muscles to prove
I had such a blast last weekend surfing for the first time since summer school 
in Hawaii in 2003. Sara invited me out to Rockaway Beach, her weekend spot
this summer. She has been taking surfing lessons every weekend at 67th Street
Beach. 

We rented boards for $10 an hour from Breakwater Surf Co. and spent two
hours enjoying the sun and water fun. I was definitely rusty for the first hour
or so and Sara was kicking my butt. However, I managed to hang in there and
spent the last hour doing much better than I had planned. The two hours went
by so quickly we were almost not ready to give up our boards!

After surfing we walked the boardwalk, or what is left of it, to Beach 96th Street
and scoured the concessions to decide what sounded perfect after two hours of
surfing. We all decided on Bolivian Llama Party for pulled pork sandwiches. 
We were lucky to grab a perfect table in the shade, still on the deck and enjoy
lunch and some drinks. After lunch we headed to Playhouse for some more 
drinks.
Around 7pm we headed to Rockaway  Beach Surf Club for the Women



The festival featured six films, with Frankee being my favorite. You can actually
check the films out online. The links are below each of the descriptions.


BEYOND THE SURFACE | 46 MINUTE FILM – A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY CRYSTAL THORNBURG-HOMCY AND DAVID HOMCY 

Film Makers: Crystal Thornburg-Homcy & David Homcy

The full-length film features Ishita Malaviya, India's first female surfer, who is joined by a unique and talented group of women – CrystalThornburg-Homcy, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch, and Kate Baldwin. With unshakable determination for a better world they traveled through Southern India documenting the ways in which surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity are bringing hope and fueling change for local people and the Planet.

INVOLVEMENT DREAM | 5 MINUTE FILM- BY NATHAN OLDFIELD

Film Maker: Nathan Oldfield

A short film by filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, featuring Patagonia Ambassador Belinda Baggs, in NSW Australia, riding a surfboard designed in 1968 by fellow Patagonia Ambassador Wayne Lynch. This design came to Wayne in a dream and he called it the Involvement Model. It became the one board quiver that he rode around the world. Nearly 45 years later, Belinda explores what riding that surfboard feels like.


SAY NO MORE | 30:10 MINUTE FILM – BY BIRDMAN MEDIA

Film Maker: Taylor Larison
Say No More, a full-length film, highlights the talents of some of Southern California’s elite team of female shredders: Stephanie Vigiano, Karina Rozunko, Tory Gilkerson, Erin Ashley, Lindsay Steinriede Engle, and Makala Smith.  Delivering groundbreaking carves and long nose rides with a message that transcends well beyond the lineup, the film shows strength, style and grace in the water elevating women’s surfing to fantastic new heights.

SUMMER SALAD  | 3:34 MINUTE FILM - BY HAYLEY GORDON

Film Maker: Hayley Gordon
A short film, by filmmaker Hayley Gordon shot in southern California depicting friends doing what they do best, surf, skate and party. It’s a great snap shot of what happens when the swell doesn’t come in consistently, featuring Taylor Beatty, Sara Taylor, Jenna Balester, Amy Caron, Vanessa Torres, Erin Ashley (Worm), Ornella Pellizzari and more..   

FRANKIE | 5:45 MINUTE FILM – BY MORGAN MAASEEN

Film Maker: Morgan Maaseen
Frankie are two short films shot by Morgan Maaseen, a Californian-based photographer and filmmaker with additional footage courtesy of Erik Knutson. Catch a glimpse of Frankie Harrer, 16 year old surfer at Teahupoo and Hawaii last year, wave riding with such grace and such poise.
www.morganmaassen.com

Photo: Chrissy Swain

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY | 5 MINUTE FILM – BY STASKA NY

In honor of our special guest, Mary Schmader, we will feature a short by Davina Grincevicius, shot in Puerto Rico highlighting the energy and talents of Mary Schmader, a soul surfer from North Carolina.  


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you girls had a blast! Looks like so much fun!

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