One for all you fans of the ocean, London is hosting its very first film festival dedicated to all things surf. Being held at London’s Riverside Studios from October 13-15, it is a celebration of the cream of contemporary surf culture from waveriding’s most exciting creative’s, bringing to the city three nights of international surfing’s hottest releases, independent films and award-winning features.
Here are out our top picks of the films on show, and you can head online to www.londonsurffilmfestival.com to read the full line up.
First Love, Directed by Claire Gorman
Saturday 15th October
Following three competitive female surfers from the male dominated waters of Phillip Island (Australia) as they prepare for their first trip to Hawaii, this is an inspiring documentary about friendship, dedication and following your dreams. How will they cope with the strains of competition, the challenge of big waves, career threatening injury and meeting their idols?
Image credit (right): Clare Plueckhahn
Stoked & Broke, Directed by Cyrus Sutton
Friday 14th October
Making their own boards, bamboo rickshaws, solar cookers, and hobo stoves, surfers Ryan Burch and Cyrus Sutton set off on a thirty mile, eight day walk through San Diego, CA. But what begins as a guide to taking a minimalist surfing journey, quickly becomes an examination of freedom vs alienation.
Finnsurf, Directed by Aleksi Raij
Finnsurf peels back the fleecy layers on the lives of a handful of surfers from one of the world’s most inhospitable surf locations and discovers just what drives them to paddle out into the Baltic Sea in water that is life threateningly frigid. This film is both touching and inspiring and will make the viewer re-evaluate just what it means to be a surfer.
Tickets are on sale now through the Riverside Studios Box Office priced from £7.50 www.riversidestudios.co.uk.
Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine