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8 June

Looking at the past is crucial to understand the present and to predict the future. This film is a fundamental piece to understand what the 70’s were about, the outstanding evolution of surfboards, and the surfing level at the Mecca of surfing, the North Shore, Hawaii.

The name of this session is a nod to the film with the same name, a cult documentary, which represents the hip hop and urban art scene. In a surfing context, in this session we want to confront different surfing styles: longboard, radical shortboard. From Australia, the young filmmaker Riley Blakeway is the perfect representative of a current of surfers with syle, artistic ambitions and radical surfing. Pandora Decoster, a young longboarder from Biarritz that last year won a special mention from the jury with his debut work, L’aperitif, is back for this edition with a risky, esthetic, sexy work, with an unmistakable French scent. Last but not least, FinnSurf, one of the most shocking surfing documentaries of the last years. Great cinematography, funny and original. A story about how some amped Finn surfers see surfing, and how Mexican pro surfer Kalle Carranza owes them a big one!! ¡¡Aki Kaurismäki goes surfing!!

Big because of the size of the films, big because of the reach of both of these works, big because we are stoked to present two outstanding premieres, they are big for us. First, Itxasoa eta lehorra, the short film by Patrick Trefz about Jim Denevan’s land-art work in Mundaka in September 2011. A project designed by Surfilm Festibal, aimed to claim the magic of Urdaibai, searching deeper than just the barrels in Mundaka. A jewel where we claim tradition and modernity, totally stoked and honoured to have such an amazing soundtrack: Mikel Laboa’s song, the shortfilm was named after it (thanks to Marisol / Izaro!). Of course, we have the European premiere of Jack McCoy’s last film, and he’ll be here to present it in front of our audience. Jack is the ultimate surf filmmaker and surf film icon. He has been sailing this sea since the end of the 60’s; at the time he hanged the posters of the films himself. He has filmed with 16 mm, 35 mm cameras; he has lived and told the beginning of many surf culture icons and spots, G-land, Sumba and Occy´s Left; he has portrayed the best surfers in the world of every time, and he is gonna have a blast here at the festival with us! Eskerrik asko Jack!


Aleksi Raij. Finland. 2011. 52 min

FinnSurf is the world’s first Finnish surf film. Told through the lives of five Finnish surfers, it’s more than a surfing documentary, it’s a story of true love and that intense, overwhelming passion we all feel for what lights our fire in the coldest of places. FinnSurf is about leaving boredom, fear, and regrets behind in order to find tranquillity, harmony, and fulfilment. It’s about a world where life is your dream and your dream is lived every day—no matter where it takes place.


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