The Pacifica Beach Coalition and Pedro Point Surf Club are pleased to present “Chasing the Swell, big wave surfing through the Pacific” at their 5th Annual Surf Movie Benefit in support of Earth Day. The three part video by Sachi Cunningham chronicles the lifestyle of big wave surfers journeying between swells in Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu, Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, and Isla Todos Santos a small island off Baja California at the start of the 2010-2011 big wave season.
The specialized group of waterman, that includes Chris Bertish who won the Mavericks contest earlier that year and Carlos Burle who surfed some of the biggest breakers ever at Mavericks, share their perspective as they focus on pushing the envelope of their paddling skills so they can catch larger and larger waves the traditional unassisted way. Each chapter shares personal stories about the hunt for waves five stories high, conducted using the latest meteorological techniques, the adrenaline rush of their steep takeoffs and the knee-buckling pressure of their bottom turns. "It's like watching Evel Knievel jump the Grand Canyon," says Evan Slater, a big wave surfer and a former editor in chief of Surfing Magazine.
In addition to the feature film, Go Pro has provided a 7 minute film about Kelly Slater's Ocean Beach 11th world title win, from right here in San Francisco on Ocean Beach. It is awesome!
A raffle will feature gift certificates generously donated by local businesses, surf swag and more. All proceeds from the 5th Annual Surf Movie Benefit and raffle support Earth Day Pacifica, presented by the Pacifica Beach Coalition and premiere sponsor Recology of the Coast.
This fun evening will be held at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Two screenings: 6:00pm and 8:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm and 8:00pm respectively). Adult tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door if still available for this event that generally sells out. Youth 16 or under and seniors 65+ tickets are available in advance for $10.00.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.pacificabeachcoalition.org or at the following supporting locations:
- Sonlight Surf Shop, 575 Crespi Drive
- Café Pacifica, 1821 Palmetto Avenue
- Pacifica PBR Office, 1810 Francisco Blvd.