The Surfalorus Film Festival lands on OBX with 4 days of film, music and surfing
By Outer Banks Voice on August 19, 2021
Celebrate ten years of the Surfalorus Film Festival, presented by North Carolina Aquariums, during the last weekend of the Eastern Surf Championships, from September 22 to 25, 2021. Surfalorus offers a series of films, including the pioneering story of the first professional surfers. as well as a very special preview of an upcoming documentary on the true story of Neverending Summer. Venues for this year’s event include Jennette’s Pier, NC Aquarium in Roanoke Island, Dare County Arts Council, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday, September 22 with “Girls Can’t Surf,” a new documentary that tells the story of pioneering pro surfers of the 1980s. “Girls Can’t Surf” follows the journey of a group of renegade surfers who took on the male dominated world of professional surfing to achieve equality and change the sport forever.
Starring surf greats Jodie Cooper, Frieda Zamba, Pauline Menczer, Lisa Andersen, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Layne Beachley and more, “Girls Can’t Surf” is a wild ride of conflicting personalities, sexism, adventure and heartbreak, with every woman fighting through thick and thin to make their competitive dreams come true. The opening night film takes place at Jennette’s Pier from 7 p.m.
Dexter Romweber of NC will perform for opening night at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint in Kill Devil Hills. A prominent figure in American underground music, Romweber pioneered the stripped-down guitar / drum duo format model that influenced the White Stripes, The Black Keys and Neko Case.
On Thursday, September 23, visiting filmmakers and pass holders can take a hang-gliding lesson or relax on the beach and watch the Eastern Surf Championships. That night, the “Corolla Shorts Block” appears onscreen with a stunning collection of global and local food, including OBX director Logan Marshall’s latest short “Out Front: Outer Banks.” Former Surfalorus student Jordyn Romero returns to the festival with her latest short, “We are Like Waves”, about a young woman named Sanu who is struggling to become a surfer in Sri Lanka. The Thursday night screening takes place at Jennette’s Pier and starts at 7 p.m.
Head to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island on Friday, September 24 for an exclusive underwater camera workshop for filmmakers and pass holders. Stick around that evening for a very special taste of Richard Yelland’s documentary “The Birth of Endless Summer”, followed by a reception with live music. “The Birth of the Endless Summer” follows Californian surfing pioneer Dick Metz as he wanders the world from 1958 to 1961. Around Metz on a train jump, in a steamboat, in the vein of On the road and Motorcycle logs, led to the discovery by Metz of “the perfect wave” at Cape Saint-François, South Africa. Dick’s travels not only inspired his friend Bruce Brown, but also paved the way for Endless summer become a reality. “The Birth of The Endless Summer” follows 90-year-old Metz back to South Africa to retrace the stages of her initial journey.
On Saturday night, the festival ends with an awards ceremony at the Dare County Arts Council, followed by the “Buxton Shorts Block”. The seven shorts take us from Ireland to Japan and Sri Lanka to Wrightsville Beach in an uplifting group of exceptional surfing stories. One of the highlights of the screening, “Charlie Surfer” follows a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome who enjoys surfing and dancing while enjoying the ups and downs of a summer surf camp.
Tickets are on sale now on surfalorus.com for all screenings.
An all access pass for only $ 25 can also be purchased. The 10th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival is presented by North Carolina Aquariums and is a co-presentation of the Cucalorus Film Foundation and the Dare County Arts Council with support from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.