July 5, 2011

It's been awhile since we've sent out our event newsletters, since we've been traveling extensively overseas, among other distractions...But we're slowly getting back into it....

So, ah, July is chock full of surf film screenings...films are the perfect way to get your summer surf fix during those spells of blown-out days or puny swells...

Don't miss the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival's (SFFFF) Best Surf Films 2011! Check out details below for this Saturday's July 9 double-screening of "Ocean Monk" and "Shaped," among other upcoming July surf events listed at the end of this email.

You and a friend can be our guests at this SFFFF Surf Film Screening...Enter NOW to Win TWO Tickets for this Saturday's 12:45pm surf program below! - To enter, simply reply to this email by this Wednesday 2pm. Include your cell number for notification. Zuna Surf will randomly choose a winner from the entries.

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival's "Best Surf Films 2011" Program
"Ocean Monk" and "Shaped" Double-Feature
12:45pm, Saturday, July 9, 2011

at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street @ near Mission
Tickets $11 | Buy Tickets

For the full Frozen Film Festival lineup, click here.

Ocean Monk
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Ocean Monk is a beautifully shot, mesmerizing short film that chronicles New York City monks who find deep meditation and spirituality while surfing The Big Apple's breaks and the nearby beaches of Long Island. This group of athletic monks based in Queens - all students of the late Indian teacher, Sri Chinmoy, and of all various ages, incorporate their love for the ocean, its beauty and power in their search for enlightenment.

Shot in HD, Ocean Monk explores the ideals which drive their life as well as the pounding winter surf which sustains them. Features music from Sigur Ros. Appearances by Kelly Slater, Jack Johnson and Titus Kinimaka. Directed by Sanjay Rawal.

Shaped - The Movie:
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Shaped is a documentary film that pays tribute to the men and women of the surf world in the 1960s, working in the trenches, who all had a seminal had in shaping the future of surfing as we know it today. This handful of influential innovators had no idea at the time how their work would change the lives of millions of people through their innovative thinking and commitment to their craft.

This film features early and contemporary legends such as Robert August, Mickey Muņoz, The Meistrell brothers, Corky Carroll, Joyce Hoffman, Henry Ford, Mike Doyle, Bing Copeland, Terry Martin, John Peck, Bruce, Dan, and Wes Brown, Bill Stewart, Skip Frye, Rusty Preisendorfer, Tom Morey, Bill Hamilton, Greg Noll, Mike Haley, Renny Yater, Gene and Peter Van Dyke, Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, Randy French, Danny Brawner, Pat O'Connell, Bill Stewart, Jennifer Smith, Jim Driver, Evan Slater, Doug Haut, Nat Young, Pat O'Neill, and Sam George. Directed by Walter Georis, who is also well-known as the guitarist for The Sandals.

Having spent more time in Santa Cruz than San Fran of late, we've enjoyed being down south when those South swells do fill in, like hopefully this weekend...We love coupling our surf sessions with a visit to Swanton Berry Farm for strawberry and olallieberry picking and home jam-making -- take in the gorgeous ocean views from the strawberry patches right on the ocean bluff... Or end your evening sunset session by screaming your head off on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk's great lil' roller coasters...on Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm, the Boardwalk has "1907 nights" where Rides, Pepsi Drinks, Hot Dogs, and Cotton Candy are just $1.00 each. On other summer nights, there are *freebie* Outdoor films and live concerts, should "The Lost Boys," Loverboy, Santana, Gin Blossoms, Average White Band, among others, be of appeal...

Or, simply check out these other surf events...

* Wed July 6 - Hurley's Rip My Shred Stick grom surf contest | 26th Ave, Santa Cruz

Catch some of the top local Santa Cruz and Pacifica groms in action! Hurley's Rip My Shred Stick's seventeen-stop tour, allows kids 16 and under to hang out with the Hurley team, test-drive their boards and compete in a no-pressure, all-fun surf event.

* Sat July 9 - Surf Film - Get Rad 2 | at Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

Get Rad 2! is Buthman media's sequel to last year's epic SC shred-fest known as Get Rad! Enjoy some full, high octane ripping by legends of the likes of Adam Repogle and Josh Mulcoy, as well as a glimpse into the future of Santa Cruz's next generation of wave wizards, fresh new faces like Nat Young and Austin Smith Ford, along with Matt Myers, Nic Hdez, Nic Lamb and many more! Get an upclose, personal look into a day in the lives of an ample assortment of A+ SC athletes as they hook up with Buthman trying to gather clips for their segments.

Show time: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at door; Advance Tix @ these surf shops: Freeline, Pacific Wave, Arrow Surf & Sport

* Tues July 12 - Live Music, Jake Shimabukuro | Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

It's rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It's even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But ukulele guru Jake Shimabukuro has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music.

Show time: 8 pm
Tickets: $25; Advance, Limited Gold Circle tickets $40. Advance tickets available at Streetlight Records and www.pulseproductions.net.

* Sat July 23 - Surf Film, The Westsiders | Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

Directed by Josh Pomer and narrated by Rosana Arquette, this edgy and raw documentary has won numerous film festival awards. This film follows the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf tribe -- and their surfing innovations and gritty localism -- through the eyes of three best friends from the original 'Surf City,' Santa Cruz, California. Best friends Daryl "Flea" Virostko, Shawn "Barney" Barron, and Jason "Ratboy" Collins bonded by common tragedy and their love of surfing. They live through shattered homes, drug addiction, other psychological issues and hard-core localism to achieve their dream of becoming professional surfers before the age of 24. To surf the notorious Steamer Lane, they had to join 'The Westsiders' Surf Tribe and go face to face with Vince Collier, aka "The Godfather of The Westside". Vince, a massive brute force, ran Steamer Lane with his own version of street justice. This film explores The Westsiders as the latest chapter in the fascinating history of Santa Cruz, California.

FleaHab, Inc. is a newly Santa Cruz non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe and sober living environment that integrates exercise and a healthy lifestyle into the recovery process for those afflicted with drug or alcohol addiction. Fleahab is an alternative, holistic program where residents have the opportunity to exercise outdoors with surf celebrity Darryl "Flea" Virostko. Darryl's vision for FleaHab stems from his own experiences with drug addiction and successful recovery and he is excited to share his insight with others.

Show time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10; Advance Tickets at Arrow Surf, Pacific Wave and Santa Cruz Skate & Surf Shop. You could win a surfboard and other prizes!

* Sat Aug 6 - Kahuna Kupuna Surf Contest | Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica

The 12th Annual Kahuna is a big Pacifica tradition that offers fun for everyone -- a surf contest for surfers age 40 & up, an intergenerational team contest for surf "teams" representing 3 different generations, a standup paddle division, and more.

Game to help? Organizer Roy Earnest is seeking volunteers, judges sponsors and live auction item donors. For more info & entry forms, visit www.kahunakupunasurf.org

* Sun Aug 7 - San Mateo Surfrider Surf Contest & ProAm | Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica

Surfrider Foundation's San Mateo Chapter is hosting a contest for all ages, the day after the Kahuna Kupuna contest, to raise funds for its Rise Above Plastics program. This program aims to reduce the impact of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

The contest is open to amateur surfers of any age and features short board divisions (Mens, Juniors and Womens) in addition to a Longboard division.

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